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HIS 213 - Twentieth Century World History

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is an examination of the major trends and contemporary movements in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas since 1900 including the two world wars, social and political revolutions, nationalism, imperialism and decolonization, fascism and communism, the creation of new states, global conflict and peace building.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Present selected topics and developments within a historical context.
  2. Describe the causes and consequences of World War I.
  3. Describe the causes and consequences of World War II and assess the moral dilemmas presented by the event.
  4. Compare and contrast events that influenced twentieth century revolutions.
  5. Define various ideologies including nationalism, socialism, communism and fascism.
  6. Appraise the impact of decolonization and independence movements after World War II.
  7. Articulate the reasons for the Cold War, the spread of communism and the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union.
  8. Evaluate the relationship between developed and underdeveloped nations.
  9. Integrate the history of Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia to formulate a clear understanding of the significant social, political, scientific, technological and economic forces, both national and international, that shaped the twentieth century.
Listed Topics
  1. Modern Europe and the Non-Western Reaction of European Domination
  2. The Balkan Wars and World War I
  3. Twentieth Century Revolutions: Russia, China, India, Mexico, Cuba and Iran
  4. World War II
  5. Decolonization and Independence Movements after World War II
  6. The Cold War and the Communist World
  7. India, Southeast Asia and Africa after 1945
  8. The Middle East, Developed Asia and Latin America
  9. Collapse of the Soviet Union
Reference Materials
Textbook, scholarly readings, films, maps and electronic resources as assigned.
Approved By: Flores, Roy Date Approved: 02/04/2003

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