Europe in Crisis: The First World War to the Cold War
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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How do we make sense of the fragmented history of Europe’s twentieth century? Focusing on the ideological clash between Fascism, Communism and Liberalism this course will explore the continental wide ‘civil war’ that brought Europe’s dominance in world affairs to a close. Key political and economic factors will be used to explore international relations in the turbulent years from 1914 to 1968. The role of mass politics, economic crisis, revolution and dictatorship will be explored with the two great wars of the century occupying a central place in this discussion.
- Week 1 Mass Politics in Europe
- Week 2 Shadows of the First World War
- Week 3 Russia in Revolution
- Week 4 The Rise of Fascism in Italy
- Week 5 The Depression and the Death of Liberalism
- Week 6 The Spanish Civil War
- Week 7 Germany and the Second World War
- Week 8 From the Second World War to Cold War
- Week 9 The Prague Spring
- Week 10 A Settlement in Europe?
Who is this course for?
Suitable for those with no previous knowledge of the subject. The course will be organised chronologically, designed to both examine and connect the momentous events that helped shaped the Europe of today.
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include group discussion, exercises, source analysis and presentation of material on video and/or DVD. The aim is ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the topics and ideas discussed in the course.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work (1500 words). This may include a source analysis and short essay, or a more extended essay.
- Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991 (Abacus, 1995)
- Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (Vintage Books, 2010)
- Harold James, Europe Reborn: A History, 1914-2000 (Longman, 2003).
- P.M.H. Bell, The Origins of the Second World War in Europe 3rd edn (Longman, 1986)
- T.C.W. Blanning, The Oxford History of Modern Europe (Oxford University Press, 2000)
- Tom Buchanan, Europe’s Troubled Peace: 1945 to the Present 2nd edn (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
- R.J. Crampton (ed.), Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century – and After 2nd edn. (Routledge, 1997)
- Niall Ferguson, The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Decent of the West (Penguin, 2006)
- Conan Fisher, Europe between Democracy and Dictatorship (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
- Mary Fulbrook, Europe Since 1945 (Oxford University Press)
- Robert Gerwarth (ed.), Twisted Paths: Europe 1914-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2007)
- Felix Gilbert & David Large, The End of the European Era: 1890 to the Present 5th edn (Norton, 2002)
- Paul Hayes (ed.), Themes in Modern European History, 1890-1945 (Routledge, 1992)
- Julian Jackson, Europe 1900-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2002)
- James Joll with Gordain Martel, The Origins of the First World War 3rd edn. (Pearson, 2006)
- Martin Kitchen, Europe Between the Wars 2nd edn (Pearson, 2006)
- George Lichtheim, Europe in the Twentieth Century (Phoenix Press, 2000)
- Arthur Marwick, Clive Emsley & Wendy Simpson (eds.), Total War and Historical Change: Europe 1914-1955 (Open University Press, 2001)
- Mark Mazower, Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century (Penguin, 1999)
- William Mulligan, The Origins of the First World War (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
- Richard Overy with Andrew Wheatcroft, The Road to War 3rd edn (Vintage Books, 2009)
- Robert Paxton & Julie Hessler (eds.), Europe in the Twentieth Century 5th edn (Wadsworth, 2005)
- Marc Trachtenberg, A Constructed Peace: The Making of the European Settlement, 1945-1963 (Princeton University Press, 1999)
- Richard Vinen, A History in Fragments: Europe in the Twentieth Century (Abacus, 2002)
- J. Robert Wegs & Robert Ladrech, Europe Since 1945: A Concise History 4th edn (St. Martins Press, 1996)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.