Twentieth-Century Europe - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HST310 Twentieth Century Europe: From Empire to EU.

Beginning with the First World War, 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 (40%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Take Home Exam (30%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST310 — Twentieth Century Europe: From Empire to EU

You should have studied some History or Politics at Level 1 and 2 before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The First World War
2The Russian Revolution and Stalin's Russia
3Fascist Italy
4The Spanish Civil War
5Weimar and Nazi Germany
6The Second World War
7The Holocaust
8The Cold War and the fall of communism
9Issues of migration and race in post-war Europe
10Terrorism in postwar Europe

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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