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HI2135/HI2611 Cataclysm and Renewal: History of Continental Europe, 1918 to the present

Continental Europe since 1914: Cataclysm and Rebirth

Module Organiser:Professor Alan Kramer
Duration: Michaelmas term
Contact hours: 2 lectures per week and 6 seminars over the course of the term
Weighting: 10 ECTS
Assessment: 20% essay, 80% examination

Module Handbook

This one-term 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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Outline chronologically and explain key developments in the history of continental Europe during the later twentieth century
  • Assess the impact of these developments on continental Europe
  • Search for, and critically appraise, relevant literature
  • Undertake an extended analysis of select contemporary sources in translation
  • Communicate analysis and argument in written and verbal format

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