HISTORY 231 - Social Science Topics in History
Section: 005 Global History Since 1898
Term: FA 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course has one basic goal: to introduce students to the major historical events, actors, and trends of the twentieth century. We shall examine the central political, cultural, economic, military, religious, technological, and social developments of the past century from a global rather than U.S.-centered perspective and consider how those developments were interconnected and what consequences ensued from them. By the end of this course, students should have a greater understanding of the evolution and import of competing forms/interpretations of nationalism, globalization, imperialism, racism, industrialization, capitalism, communism, fascism, militarism, environmentalism, and technological change and apply that understanding in meaningful ways as global citizens.

Course Textbooks:

  1. The Twentieth Century and Beyond: A Global History, Goff, Moss, Terry, Upshur, and Schroeder (McGraw-Hill, 2007), Seventh Edition.
  2. The Twentieth Century: Readings in Global History, Moss, Terry, and Upshur (McGraw-Hill, 1999).
  3. Coursepack comprised of various primary documents.


  • Four Exams: Each exam = 20% of the final grade (80%)
  • Attendance: 10% of final grade
  • Participation: 10% of final grade

    If you cannot take an exam at the assigned time, please tell me so in advance (or in the case of illness, on the day of the exam). You must bring me a note from some responsible person, such as a physician, clergyperson, coach, instructor, academic advisor, or residence director, explaining the reason for your absence. If you can show that your absence could not be avoided, we will schedule a makeup test time.

HISTORY 231 - Social Science Topics in History
Schedule Listing
005 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
006 (DIS)
Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
007 (DIS)
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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