History of the 20th Century

History of the 20th century

Undergraduate course at the European School of Political and Social Sciences, Catholic University of Lille

As an introduction to the 20th century for undergrads, the course offered a general overview of the political, economic, social and cultural processes that have characterized the last century. From a temporal perspective, we approached the period following Eric Hobsbawm’s notion of the “short 20th century” as comprised by the beginning of World War I in 1914 and the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991. From a spatial perspective, the course aimed to give a global and wide overview of historical developments that goes beyond the Euro-Atlantic space, including developments in Africa, Latin America and Asia. For that, we relied heavily on Odd Arne Westad’s great book The Global Cold War (2007).

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