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DHIS 2040A - Continent of Peace, Cooperation and Democracy ? 20th Century Europe (A)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


A background in political history of Contemporary Europe is an asset. However, there is no specific requirement.

Course Description

Europe, a continent of peace, cooperation and democracy? Or rather a continent where the support for democracy remains delicate, the cooperation difficult to implement and the peace regularly endangered? The objective of this course is to consider recent history of Europe and to bring to light major issues to which Eastern and Western part of the continent were confronted in the era of the masses (late 19th - 21st centuries) in all their complexity: the manufacturing of modern citizenship, the nation building, the crisis of democracy and the rise of new social issues. Recent and ancient historiography will be mobilized as well as the arts, philosophy, sociology and anthropology.


KRAKOVSKY, Roman (Chercheur associé)

Pedagogical format

The course is organized in the form of collective discussions around the corpus of textual records (testimonies, essays, literature, political speeches, etc.) and iconographic material (art, political communication, cinema, etc.) related to studied issues.

Course validation

Grades will be determined by the weighted average of reading (40 pages per week) and active participation in class discussion (40%), three short oral presentations (30%), a presentation of iconographic document (15%) and a confrontation (15%).


Compulsory readings and personal presentations.

Required reading

  • Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes. A History of Short Twentieth Century. New York: Vintage books, 1996
  • Robert Paxton, Twentieth Century Europe. Boston: Wadsworth, 2012
  • Tony Judt, Postwar. A History of Europe since 1945. New York: Penguin Books, 2006
  • Mark Mazower, Dark Continent. Europe's Twentieth Century. New York: Vintage Books, 1998