History | World in 20th Century: To 1945
H101 | 3002 | Taysom
This introductory course presumes no previous knowledge of world
history. It provides a survey of major wars, the development of
states’ military and financial capacity, efforts to achieve world
peace, imperial expansion and retreat, diplomatic alignments and
alliances, socialism, communism, fascism, democracy, and efforts to
create international institutions. In short, it surveys the history
of modern interstate relations in the twentieth century to 1945.
The course is open to freshmen, sophomores, and education majors
The goals of this course:
1. To provide a concise, general history of international and
diplomatic events and sequences, especially those bearing on Great
2. To show how the first half of the twentieth century influenced
the events of the second half of the twentieth century.
Text: J. Grenville, A World History of the Twentieth Century, 1900-
Class time: The course will meet 10:10-11:00 a.m. Monday & Wednesday
Evaluation: Students will be graded by a combination of
examinations (60%) and course work (40%).
Examinations: There will be two in-class exams and one take-home
final. The first two exams will be worth 15% each, and the take-
home final will be worth 30% of the final grade.
Course Work: Timeline + short biographies: chronology of events
during one isolated period in the larger time frame between 1900 and
1945, plus an annotated list of people, places, and events related
to your chronology. This will be approximately 10 events and 5
biographical items and will count for 20% of the final grade.
Also, part of the course work will be one paper of approximately
2,000 words on a topic to blend in with your timeline and
biographies, 20% of your final grade.