History 140 The World since 1945
Fall 2009, MWF 11:00 am, MU 116
Prof. M. Fletcher; Contact Information:
Tele: 962-5577; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Assistants: Andrew Haeberlin,
Ned Richardson-Little, and Patrick Tobin
: This course examines important events and developments in world history since 1945.
We will cover significant trends within nations, in international relations, and in transnational
Although a semester permits coverage of only a few topics, we can gain an
understanding of some major forces that have shaped the post-1945 world and that continue to
influence our lives today.
The topics include World War II; the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the Islamic
Revolution in Iran, conflict in the Middle East, terrorism, decolonization, the struggles of
developing nations to attain stability and prosperity, the "rise" of Asia, the forces of integration and
division in Europe, and the impact of “globalization.”
Some important themes that pertain to many
of the topics that we will study are the impact of nuclear weapons on war and diplomacy, the
sources of international conflicts and their resolution, the challenges of nation-building, and the
complex impact of transnational forces.
The course also aims at enhancing students' ability to analyze complex historical issues, assess
historical sources, and to construct lucid and cogent interpretations based on evidence.
discussions, papers, and examinations are designed with this goal in mind.
: There are eight scheduled discussion sessions as indicated on the syllabus.
are available in paperback editions in the textbook department of the Student Stores, and copies
have also been placed on reserve.
In addition, part of the reading assignments for the first and
second discussions and the entire reading assignment for the third discussion will be placed on the
course website on Blackboard.
The assigned books are, in order of assignment:
Kennedy, Robert F.,
Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis