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Trinity College Dublin



Irish Studies An Interdisciplinary Course in Irish Civilisation

Soldiers arrest Gavrilo Princip HI 2105: 20th Century Europe [10 ECTS]

Social, cultural, economic and political approaches to history are given equal emphasis in this module. The principal countries studied are France, Germany, Italy and Russia, with additional lectures on Spain, Poland and Yugoslavia. However, many themes are treated in a comparative and transnational manner. The module takes the First World War as its starting point. It looks at the inter-war crisis of liberal democracy and the three-way conflict between democracy, fascism and communism, which also shaped international relations. The nature and consequences of the Second World War (including the Holocaust) are examined as the nadir of Europe in the 20th century. The module examines post-war Europe, the Cold War and the emergence of European integration, and concludes by considering the fall of communism in 1989 and its consequences.

Contact: Pat Carty Last updated: Oct 17 2016.