The history of the twentieth century is commonly told as the history of national or regional societies and relations – twentieth century US history, European history, US international relations, and so on. This course instead looks at a whole other world of relations between different parts of the world. It focuses on the emergence and growing role of what can be called international society. We will analyze a variety of international and transnational actors above and below the level of the nation-state such as the League of Nations, the United Nations and the Bretton Woods system, the Geneva Conventions, global human rights norms, the anti-nuclear movement, student protests, institutions designed to deal with global threats such as the World Health Organization or the International Atomic Energy Agency, European integration, political Islam, and the War on Terror. Does the growing importance of such actors indicate that the era of the nationstate is over? Does it make sense to still think of the twentieth century in regional and national terms as "British," "American," etc.? Or has the world become so interconnected and globalized that we ought to pay closer attention to the workings of international society? Students will learn to contextualize and historicize primary sources, documents that stem directly from the events under concern. At the same time, we will practice our reading of scholarship produced by historians today and use their arguments and theses to help us understand these developments. While these skills are essential to the study of history, reading and argumentative methods can be transferred to any kind of study or professional context that involves dealing with texts, memos, and the like.
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TR 1200PM-0130PM



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