Revolutionary Years: 1917, 1945, 1989

History 101.009

Spring 2014
Section: 
.009
Location: 
125 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
TuTh 1230-2
CCN: 
39324
Units: 
5
  • This course has been cancelled.
  • THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

    Historians have long spoken of Europe as having had a “short” twentieth century, punctuated by major crises that reshaped the international order while bringing about profound changes to political and social relations locally.  In this class, we’ll be looking at the ends of three of these conflicts - World War I, World War II, and the Cold War – in each case through the lens of single year (though with some flexibility forwards and backwards).   Our focus will be on setting each moment in its global context, looking beyond the boundaries of Europe to the wider world.  Possible topics will include the formation of international institutions; reconstruction and commemoration; cooperation among democratic movements; refugee crises, colonial troops and decolonization; political realignments in the Middle East; and the creation of the Eastern Bloc.

    Historians have long spoken of Europe as having had a “short” twentieth century, punctuated by major crises that reshaped the international order while bringing about profound changes to political and social relations locally.  In this class, we’ll be looking at the ends of three of these conflicts - World War I, World War II, and the Cold War – in each case through the lens of single year (though with some flexibility forwards and backwards).   Our focus will be on setting each moment in its global context, looking beyond the boundaries of Europe to the wider world.  Possible topics will include the formation of international institutions; reconstruction and commemoration; cooperation among democratic movements; refugee crises, colonial troops and decolonization; political realignments in the Middle East; and the creation of the Eastern Bloc.
     
    Jacob Mikanowski is a PhD candidate in the department, specializing in the history of Eastern Europe.  He is currently writing a dissertation on the role of publishers and writers in the formation of political culture in postwar Poland.  Previously, his research focused on the development of global medicine during WWI, vernacular photography. and fin de siecle culture in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.