Twentieth Century Europe - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00
This unit was previously known as MHIX321 Twentieth Century Europe
This unit offers a political, social, cultural and economic overview of Europe's relations with the wider world. It traces the obsession with race and empire in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, and considers the post-colonial view that the twentieth century European civil wars were a result of European practices of colonialism turned inward. Was Europe indeed the 'dark continent' suggested by historian Mark Mazower? The crisis of European liberalism in the face of the Great Depression, Russian communism, the Spanish Civil War, fascism and Nazism, two world wars and the Holocaust support such a view, but the second half the century presents a more complicated picture. We look at the Cold War; the Americanisation of Europe and the fall of communism; the effects of decolonisation and post-colonial immigration on European societies; the breakdown of the postwar consensus and the rise of Islamist terrorism in the late twentieth century Europe.
At the completion of this unit students will:
1. have gained a sound understanding of European history in the twentieth century from a political, military, social and cultural perspective
2. have come to appreciate the key turning points in this history
3. have developed an understanding of the major political movements of the twentieth century
4. have developed solid skills in historical research and investigation, while thinking analytically and creatively about problems.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)

You should have studied some History or Politics at Level 1 before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

3The First World War
4The Russian Revolution and Stalin's Russia
5Fascist Italy
6The Spanish Civil War
7Weimar and Nazi Germany
8The Second World War
9The Holocaust
10The Cold War and the fall of communism
11Issues of migration and race in post-war Europe
12Terrorism in postwar Europe

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