Introduction To Late Modern European History

History 275B.001

Spring 2006
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Wed 10-12

This seminar explores the main themes of the history of Europe since 1900. For background, we will use Mark Mazower's Dark Continent while investigating the treatment of specific themes in monographs. Since the seminar is an introductory course the approach is inclusive -there is no particular spin, social, cultural or otherwise. The emphasis is on informed discussion. Each meeting opens with an oral presentation/review of the topic. Writing assignments: two papers (7-10 pages) and some short book reviews (500 word max).

Required texts:
Mark Mazower, The Dark Continent, Europe?s Twentieth Century: Vintage
Alan S.Milward, The European Rescue of the Nation State, Routledge
David Stevenson, 1914-1918: The History of the First World War, Gardners
Bernard Porter, The Absent-Minded Imperialists, OUP, Hardback
Victoria de Grazia, Irresistible Empire, hardback Bellknap
Richard J.Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich, Penguin
Mary Fulbrook, The People's State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker: Hardback Yale pub date nov. 05
Robert Paxton, Anatomy of Fascism: Vintage paper
Arthur Marwick, The Sixties: Paper OUP
Robert Service, Stalin: A Biography: hardback, Bellknap
John Lewis Gaddis, We now Know: Rethinking Cold War History OUP paper
Richard Bessel and Dick Shumann,eds, Life After Death , German Historical Institute and CUP 2003
Levy, Carl, and Mark Roseman, Eds. Three Postwar Eras in Comparison: Western Europe, 1918-1945-1989. New York: Palgrave, 2002, hardback
Susan Pedersen, Family, Dependence and the Origins of the Welfare State, CUP paper
Julian Jackson, France: The Dark Years 1940-1944: OUP paper