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Podcast: The Interwar Years I. The Interwar Years A. November 1918 (the end of WWI) to the beginning of WWII in September of 1939. B. Period of great cultural richness and politically - serious ideological debate C. At the end of WWI 1. Sense of disillusionment and anxiety and also a sense that anything is possible 2. Recreating the world out of the destruction of the liberal bourgeois democratic order II. Legacies of WWI and how that affected the mood and the cultural production of Interwar Years III. End of WWI and Treaty of Versaille and what situation was like in Europe A. Result of WWI - left people disillusioned with democracy and rationality 1. Enlightenment Project comes crashing down a) Nationalism - unifying concept that was supposed to take people away from: authoritarianism, the monarchy, aristocracy, the tyranny of the church - did not in fact liberate people, but instead gave rise to the militarism and the alliance system that started the war in the first place b) Capitalism and the IR - rather than solving the problems of hunger and poverty, instead created brand new weapons of mass destruction and a war we’ve never seen before. (1) “Industrialized Modern War” - for the first time

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