Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • Modernity
    • Colonialism
    • 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 have studied some History or Politics at Level 1 before starting this subject.

Special requirements

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    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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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 MHIX321 Twentieth Century Europe  

This subject 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.

  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)

Textbook information is pending.

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