HIST 309: Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948

HIST 309-001: Europe in Crisis 1914-1948
(Fall 2019)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW

Nguyen Engineering Building 1103

Section Information for Fall 2019

In 1900, the major powers of Europe dominated much of the globe politically, militarily, and economically.  By 1945 much of their continent lay in ruins.  Some have explained this catastrophe by arguing that Europe was convulsed by a “civil war” that began in 1914, was interrupted by a 20-year truce, and erupted again in 1939.  By its end, the continent was dominated by Soviet and American armies so that, according to the historian Stephen Ambrose, “no European nation won the European Civil War”.  The winners, he said, “were in fact outsiders: the Russians and the Americans - most of all, the Americans”.  This course will consider the concept of the “European Civil War” and its impact on the major European states: France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and the United Kingdom, as well as on lesser powers such as Austria-Hungary and Spain.  Topics for discussion will include fascism, Soviet-style communism, the impact of the Great Depression, the upheaval wrought by two world wars, and the on-again, off-again influence of the United States in European affairs.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Two world wars, the Great Depression, and political and cultural revolutions transformed Europe as never before. Explores causes and consequences of these tumultuous events, and concludes with consideration of reconstruction that caps period. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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