Fall 2015

Europe in the Twentieth Century

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-133  |  History, as HIST-132

Formerly listed as: HIST-03


April D. Trask (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 132 [EU] and EUST 133.) At the turn of the century, Mark Twain described Europe as a paradise of “tranquil contentment,” prosperity and genuine freedom. Labelled as the “Age of Extremes,” however, Europe’s twentieth century was marked by fierce ideological and political conflict, war and genocide and the beginning of the end of a domination over world affairs that the European nations had exercised for centuries. By 2012, the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and lauded once again as a beacon of relative stability and peace. This course will explore the major events, development and trends of European history in the twentieth century: the two world wars; the confrontation between liberalism, fascism, and communism; decolonization; the Cold War; the socio-cultural revolution of the 1960s; the Balkan Wars in the 1990s and the apparent triumph of democracy in European politics.  Course materials will focus on changing notions of race, class, and gender during the course of the century and draw on primary documents, including novels and historical fiction, memoirs, films, political manifestos, government documents and interviews.  Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Trask.

HIST 132 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM MERR 315
Th 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM MERR 315

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Sofia Petrovna Evanstan, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1994 Chukovskaya, Lydia Amherst Books TBD
A Novel about the Balkans (Reprint ed.) Penguin Books, 2001 Drakulic, Slavenka Amherst Books TBD
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya (Reprint ed.) Holt Paperbacks, 2005 Elkins, Caroline Amherst Books TBD
Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 Holmes & Meier Publishers, 1997 Kovaly, Heda Amherst Books TBD
Europe in the Twentieth Century (5th ed.) Boston, MA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2011 Paxton, Robert O. & Julie Hessler Amherst Books TBD
Sources of European History: Since 1900 (2nd ed.) Boston, MA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2010 Perry, Marvie, Matthew Berg, and James H. Krukones Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2012, Fall 2015