HISTORY 319 - Europe Since 1945
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Contemporary Europe has been roiled by upheaval. France just demolished its refugee camp known as “The Jungle.” Britain voted in June to leave the European Union. Refugees from the Middle East continue to arrive on Europe’s southern coasts. Populist movements across the continent have gained support through the ballot box. The recession of 2008 brought Greece to the brink of economic collapse.

How did the European continent arrive at such an unsettled state? This upper-level survey course examines numerous changes in European society since the end of World War II. It is intended to give you an overview of the significant developments, problems, and issues that have faced Europeans during the last half-century, but it does not provide exhaustive national histories. As a rule, particular national cases will be discussed primarily as examples of general patterns and processes. The course asks you to engage with a wide range of sources (scholarly articles, historical documents, films, and works of fiction) in an attempt to move beyond the level of state policies and capture the larger meanings of events for the historical actors who lived through them. We will cover such topics as recovery from World War 2, the politics of the Cold War, decolonization, the welfare state, the generation of 1968, the emergence of new social forces (immigrants, ethnic conflict), the fall of communism, and European integration. We will also consider perhaps the most pressing issue for contemporary Europe: the presence of large numbers of Muslims and the question of Islam as a fundamental barrier to peaceful coexistence. In the process, the course aims to raise broader questions about the status and identity of Europe as it moves into the twenty-first century.

HISTORY 319 - Europe Since 1945
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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