Topics in Global History: The 20th Century in Perspective (HIST*6500 ) | College of Arts

Topics in Global History: The 20th Century in Perspective (HIST*6500 )

Code and section: HIST*6500 *01

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Jesse Palsetia


Course Synopsis:

This course examines major themes relevant to global history in the twentieth century. Topics include the International System; War in the modern world; Revolutions in Europe; Totalitarianism; Genocide; Ideology as war; and the USA in world power. Additionally, the course is designed to understand select issues in the Developing World, such as national ideology, economic development, consumerism, the environment, and women’s rights as they affect and shape India, East Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The course will entail group readings and discussion, a major paper, and presentations by one or more students on topics within the course.


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