Spring 2012

Europe in the Twentieth Century

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-133  |  History, as HIST-132

Formerly listed as: HIST-03


Catherine A. Epstein (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 132 [EU] and EUST 133.)  This course offers a broad survey of European history in the twentieth century. It will cover events such as World War I; the Bolshevik Revolution and the ensuing Soviet experiment; the Spanish Civil War; Nazism, World War II, and the Holocaust; the Cold War in Europe; the collapse of communism; and the Balkan Wars in the 1990s. In addition, the course will focus on the broad themes of twentieth-century European history: the confrontation between liberalism, fascism, and communism; the role of nationalism; the development of the welfare state; the decline of Europe’s role in the world; the movement for European unity; and changing notions of race, class, and gender during the course of the century. Course materials will focus on primary documents, including films, memoirs, novels, political manifestos, and government and other official documents. Three class meetings per week.

Limited to 60 students. Spring semester. Professor Epstein.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2012, Fall 2015