HST 206 : War and Society in the 20th century, 1914-1945

Transcript title

War Society 1914-1945



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Surveys the cultural, social, political, and military history of the world in the era of the major world wars, 1914 to 1945. Offers a wide-ranging description and analysis of the First World War, interwar period, and Second World War, their global impacts and legacies. Combines military history with political, social, and cultural approaches.

Learning outcomes

1. Develop a historical perspective by demonstrating knowledge of context and chronology. They will interpret the relationship between the past and the present, which takes into account social, cultural, political, and religious perspectives from 1914-1945.
2. Analyze primary historical evidence from 1914-1945.
3. Identify historical arguments found in secondary sources about the period 1914-1945.
4. Construct an historical argument in a written essay about the period 1914-45.
5. Challenge shared assumptions and cultural stereotypes through discussion, written and oral means.
6. Identify the chronology and construct a narrative about the 20th century world wars era.
7. Identify geographical context of historical events in the mid 20th century world wars era.
8. Analyze cultural artistic output from the period 1914-1945 in literature, music, art, film and other forms.

Content outline

I. 19th early 20th century background
II. Crisis of 1914, Eastern, Western, and Global WWI fronts
III. Culture Society of the WWI era; Dissent
IV. Russian Revolution, Treaty of Versailles Aftermath
V. The Interwar period Great Depression in Europe, U.S. East Asia
VI. Rise of Fascism
VII. WWII in Europe to 1942
VIII. Pearl Harbor and The Pacific Campaign to 1944
IX. Daily life, culture, and society 1939-45
X. Atrocities, Genocide and the Holocaust
XI. Endgames in Pacific Europe, 1943-45, Atomic bomb
XII. Costs and Legacies the World Wars

Required materials

Required textbook.

Grading methods

Grades will be determined by written response assignments to readings, midterm and final exams, a cumulative paper assignment, group work, and in-class presentations.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Arts and Letters
  • Cultural Literacy

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