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146A-WQ+2010+syllabus - History 146A Europe in the Early...

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1 History 146A Europe in the Early Twentieth Century WQ 2010 1. Course Organization: Instructor: Edward Dickinson SSH Building Room 3224 [email protected] Office Hours : Weds 2-5 Class Meets : MWF 10-10:50, 100 Hunt Course aims and Content: This course will cover the history of Europe in the first part of the twentieth century, from the 1890s through to the outbreak of World War II. Lectures and the course textbook will examine the broad pattern of the evolution of European societies and the European states in these decades, focusing on political, social, and cultural change. The first few weeks of the course will focus on long-term trends and changes in the decades around 1900. Our understanding of the problems and potentials of European civilization in this period will then serve as a basis for understanding the violent upheavals of the first decades of the twentieth century, from 1914 to 1939. Our readings--in addition to the textbook--will be drawn from primary documents written during the period, and from scholarly articles examining particular aspects of European social and cultural history. The documents will focus on the daily lives of particular Europeans, on key moments of political conflict, and on key ideas that shaped the thinking and expectations of Europeans in this period. These readings will focus on the ways that individual Europeans' lives "fit into" the broader sweep of history and social development, and on ways in which they experienced and thought about moments of crisis in the development of their societies. The articles we will read will present close analysis of particular aspects of the broader trends and grander events discussed in lectures and in the textbook. In addition to familiarizing ourselves with the history of Europe in this period, ideally we will be cultivating a number of practical and scholarly skills in this course. These include the critical reading and appreciation of texts; the capacity for focused and creative collaborative inquiry; the ability to formulate fruitful questions (both empirical and synthetic/interpretive) and to pursue answers to them in an effective and creative manner; the capacity for forceful, clear written and oral expression; and the ability to pursue inquiry in sustained, lively, and open discussion. I ask you to approach our class discussions with these aims in mind.
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2 Reading: The textbook for this course is Felix Gilbert and David Clay Large, The End of the European Era, 1890 to the Present , 5th edition. (This will also be the textbook for History 146B, in the Spring quarter.) This textbook is available at the campus bookstore. We will read one novel, Edgar Rice Burroughs's A Princess of Mars (1912). This novel is also available at the campus bookstore. Almost all the rest of the readings are in the course reader, which is available at Copyland, at 231 G Street. Two articles (assigned for week 10) will have to be accessed through the library website. They are marked with an asterisk (*) in the schedule below.
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