Twentieth Century Europe
Trace the obsession with race and empire across Europe. Register the impact of fascism and communism. Learn about the wars that wracked the first half of the century.
Watch as the continent embarks down a road of political, cultural and social change.
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On successful completion of this subject , you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of conceptual and historiographical approaches to interpreting twentieth-century European history.
- Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
- Contribute to contemporary debates about Europe and the world with an informed and critical understanding of the relationship between past and present.
- Identify and interpret a wide variety of secondary and primary materials.
- Undertake an original research project with an evidence-based argument that adheres to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline.
- Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of history.
- The First World War
- The Russian Revolution and Stalin's Russia
- Fascist Italy
- The Spanish Civil War
- Weimar and Nazi Germany
- The Second World War
- The Holocaust
- The Cold War and the fall of communism
- Issues of migration and race in post-war Europe
- Terrorism in postwar Europe
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-MHIX220-Twentieth Century Europe (No longer available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- MAQ-MHIX1002-Revolutions, Nationalism and Exploitation in the Modern World, 1789-2001
- MAQ-POIX1080-Introduction to Global Politics
NCCW (pre-2020 units) MHIS321, HIST244, HIST270, HIST333, HIST370, MHIS220, MHIX220 Pre-requisite 40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units) NCCW (2020 and onwards) MHIS2020 Twentieth-Century Europe
- Other requirements -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as MHIX220 Twentieth Century Europe.
Was Europe indeed the 'dark continent' suggested by historian Mark Mazower? This unit offers a political, social, cultural and economic overview of Europe's 20th century relations with the wider world. We will trace European’s obsession with race and empire and consider how that gave rise to the First World War. In the second part, we address the crisis of European liberalism in the face of the Great Depression, Russian communism, and the rise of fascism and Nazism. We finish with an investigation of Europe’s postwar evolution in the context of the Cold War; the Americanisation of Western Europe and the effects of decolonisation and post-colonial immigration. Through a wide range of primary and secondary sources, class discussions, and scaffolded assessments students will develop their critical historical reading and writing skills.
- Annotated bibliography (15%)
- Research paper (45%)
- Secondary source analysis (25%)
- Online Discussion (15%)
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