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Political Projects in the XX Сentury

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
5
ECTS credits
Delivered at:
School of History
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
4 year, 1, 2 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course studies the political history of twentieth-century Europe, China, Iran, the United States and others and the political systems they represented, such as democracy, Fascism, National Socialism, and Communism. It examines how political ideas and concepts shaped political decisions and realities and how, in turn, the challenges of reality influenced political ideas. In addition to providing an outline of the political history of particular states, this course aims at developing a comparative perspective, determining similarities and differences between various political projects, their successes and failures in achieving their goals. Although the main focus will be on traditional politics, attention will also be paid to how politics were shaped by cultural and social factors and developments. Lectures will provide a survey of the most important political events and concepts, whereas in seminars we will discuss key primary sources and analyze historiographical controversies and debates.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to introduce students to the political history of twentieth-century Europe and the world
  • to gain knowledge about important political events, systems and politicians
  • to familiarize students with key historiographical debates about twentieth-century history
  • to develop skills in close reading, critical evaluation and analysis of political documents and relevant secondary literature
  • to enable students to explore the topic of twentieth-century political history further and to relate it to their own field of research interests
  • to enhance students’ foreign language skills and apply them to individual research and presentations
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students should be familiar with several important political systems and various countries
  • students should be able to identify and explain key events and tendencies in twentieth-century international history
  • Students’ ability to discuss and evaluate historical problems in oral discussions and well as in writing should be enhanced.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Politics and Society: World War I and the Interwar Period
  • World War II, the Cold War and the Reshaping of Europe in the Late 1980s
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking class discussions
  • non-blocking map identification quiz
  • non-blocking book review
  • non-blocking exam
  • non-blocking class discussions
  • non-blocking map identification quiz
  • non-blocking book review
  • non-blocking exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.3 * book review + 0.25 * class discussions + 0.4 * exam + 0.05 * map identification quiz
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Alaranta, T. (2008). Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s Six-Day Speech of 1927: Defining the Official Historical View of the Foundation of the Turkish Republic. Turkish Studies, 9(1), 115–129. https://doi.org/10.1080/14683840701814042
  • Axworthy, M. (2013). Revolutionary Iran : A History of the Islamic Republic. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=612463
  • Gibney, J. (2017). A Short History of Ireland, 1500-2000. New Haven: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1673033
  • Kershaw, I. (2015). The Nazi Dictatorship : Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation (Vol. Bloomsbury Revelations edition). London: Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1717406
  • Paxton, R. O. (1998). The five stages of fascism. Journal of Modern History, 70(1), 1. https://doi.org/10.1086/235001
  • Pinder, J., & Usherwood, S. (2013). The European Union: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.oxp.obooks.9780199681693
  • Sarantakes, N. E., & Westad, O. A. (2019). The Cold War: A World History. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.A214A659
  • Shindler, C. (DE-588)1089871724, (DE-627)853667837, (DE-576)167955535, aut. (2013). A history of modern Israel Colin Shindler.