Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? Europe 1914 to the Present - Session C

History N158C

Summer 2014
8 Week Session
247 Cory
Day & Time: 
TuWTh 330-6P

The twentieth century was the most devastating in the history of Europe. This course surveys the major developments that led to the wars and revolutions for which the century is famous. It stresses the supreme importance of the commanding actors on the political stage as the century unfolded--Lenin and Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler, Churchill and de Gaulle, Walesa and Thatcher and Gorbachev, and focuses on the differing approaches to European relations taken by American presidents from Wilson to George W. Bush. The course will seek to squeeze every ounce of drama out of the century's most famous -- and infamous -- events: Europe's last summer -- the incredible days of July 1914; the slaughter of World War I; the rise of Communism, Fascism, and Nazism; Munich; the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939; the decimation of World War II; the bombing of London and Dresden; the destruction of the European Jewry; the German invasion of Russia; D-Day, the suicide of Hitler, the origins and development of the Cold War; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the revolutions of 1989; the disintegration of the Soviet Union; the collapse of Yugoslavia; and the first and second Gulf wars. All this and more we will explore through books, documents and, not least, films and documentaries.

Course Books

The Long Fuse by Laurence Lafore Amazon . ISBN: 0881339547 Required
All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque, Erich Maria Amazon . ISBN: 9780449212940 Required
Magic Lantern by Garton-Ash, Timothy Amazon . ISBN: 978-06-97974083 Required
Last Days of Hitler by Trevor-Roper, Hugh University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978--0226812243 Required
Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? by Sheehan, James Houghton-Mifflin . ISBN: 978-05-547-08663 Required