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History of Continental Europe since 1914

This lecture-only module encompasses some of the most dramatic events and developments in European and world history: the First World War, the rise of fascism and communism, the Second World War, the Holocaust. It explores the reconstruction and recovery of Europe after 1945 both as a divided continent during the Cold War and in light of moves towards and challenges to European solidarity and unity. Furthermore, it considers shifting conceptions and geopolitical configurations of a continent in flux, as well as the global dimensions of European history throughout the century. While some sessions will focus on particular European nations, others will focus on key events or themes in comparative and transnational perspectives. The module thus provides an overall view of the history of modern Europe since the early 20th century and of the foundations of contemporary Europe.

How to apply

The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 13th January. You may register and pay by credit/Visa debit card online at after 16th August or you can download an application form and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College Dublin number 1 account to: Dr Patricia Stapleton, Evening and Short Courses administrator, School of Histories and Humanities, Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Applications may be made in person in Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin between 16th and 27th August from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. or by appointment.


€150 for the course/Concession €75 for the course. The concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.

Time and place

Please check our website after 16th August for update or text INFO followed by your name and address to 087 257 2016.


This lecture-only module comprises two lectures per week over one twelve-week term commencing in the week beginning Monday 26 September 2016. There is a one week break (7 - 11 November 2016) when no lectures will take place.