HIST128 - EUROPE SINCE 1945

Description: 
Was there really a "zero hour" in Europe at the end of World War II? How did European societies go about rebuilding—culturally, politically, and socially—the fabric of daily life and national belonging in the wake of unparalleled death and destruction? What accounts for the success stories of the welfare state and consumerism in western Europe, and how did these help to cement the legitimacy of postwar capitalist regimes? In eastern Europe, what did it mean to live behind the Iron Curtain, and what were the limits of authoritarianism there? Why did the Cold War end peacefully? Finally, how should we view the origins and present condition of the European Union in light of postwar European history? We will address all of these questions and more in this undergraduate lecture course. Assessment is based on class participation, an in-class midterm, and an in-class final.
Instructors: 
RICHARDS IV, ARTHUR
Day and Time: 
TR 1030AM-1200PM
Room: 
FISHER-BENNETT HALL 201
Activity: 
LEC
Cross Listings: 
    • Major Concentrations: European
    • Major/Minor requirements fulfilled: Europe