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AHIS 1435 - Twentieth Century History of Europe and Asia

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The goal of the course is to present the history of twentieth century Europe and Asia by means of a carefully selected choice of topics. The opening session of the course will address the decline of traditional empires, which characterized world history in the course of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century. The final session of the course will bring the material up to the present. The view presented is thus a ‘long view' of the twentieth century. The course is aiming to present a comparative and transnational view of twentieth century history in Europe and Asia. Both Eastern and Western Europe will receive roughly equal exposure, given the contemporary relevance of competing social systems on either side of the former ‘iron curtain'. Asia will receive roughly equal exposure compared to the material presented in both readings and lectures on the two halves of Europe. There will be a distinct emphasis on the history of East and Southeast Asia.


  • HORN, Gerd-Rainer (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)
  • LE BRAS, Anatole (PhD student)

Pedagogical format

The organization backbone of the course consists of weekly two-hour lectures and a weekly two-hour tutorial meeting with extensive student participation. Each week, students also prepare for the lecture by reading the relevant chapters from the mandatory reading list in advance of the lecture. The tutorials, which will normally take place after the lecture, will further address various aspects of the material covered in each week. Students will also develop individual and/or group presentations in accordance with the guidelines for such presentations explained by the individual group tutor.

Course validation

One third of the total grade for the course consists of the result of the Final Exam (33%). The other two thirds of the overall grade consist of grades obtained for work performed in the context of the discussion sections (conférences de méthode): 66%. This 66% is in turn a composite mark for four separate items: - Oral class presentation (25%) ; - General student participation in the discussion section, including quizzes during the conférences de méthode (25%) ; - The mid-term exam (galop d'essai) (25%) ; - Research paper of 1.250-word length (25%).

Required reading

Charles and Barbara Jelavich, “The Expulsion of the Ottoman Empire From Europe”, in The Estalishment of the Balkan National States, 1804-1920 (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1977), pp. 207-221

Additional required reading

  • Wang Fan-Hsi, Chinese Revolutionary: Memoirs 1919-1949 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990), pp. 12-43
  • Angelo Tasca, The Rise of Italian Fascism 1918-1922 (London, [1938]), pp. 194-232
  • Pierre Rousset, “The Peculiarities of Vietnamese Communism”, in: Tariq Ali (ed.), The Stalinist Legacy (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1984), pp. 321-338
  • Mark Mazower, Inside Hitler's Greece (New Haven, 1993), pp. 265-296

Senior lecturers

  • DE LA ROSA LORENTE, Miquel (PhD. Teaching fellow)
  • LE BRAS, Anatole (PhD student)
  • PRIYADARSHINI, Meha (PhD. Teaching Fellow)
  • SHABLOVSKAIA, Alisa (PhD student)