History | The World in the 20th Century II
H102 | 7818 | Eklof

Above class open to freshmen, sophomores and Education
undergraduates only
Above class carries Culture Studies credit

Become a more effective learner of history!  Enroll in Educ X101:
Learning Strategies for History in the same semester as any history
course.  X101 is being offered 2:30-3:45, MW or 2:30-3:45, TR for 2

What have been the major trends and events shaping the world since
1945? Why has a seemingly secure world seemed to implode since the
turn of this century?  In this course we examine the Cold War and
establishment of an international economic order after 1945;  the
complex evolution of Europe and its partial reintegration after the
collapse of the Soviet Union, and the recent disarray in world
developments.  We look at the decline and collapse of the USSR and
the Gorbachev revolution; at the equally complex emergence of a new
Asian order including the variants of economic, political and
cultural development represented by India, China and Japan.  We
study the impact of population trends and migration  across the
globe; the changing status of women; the distribution of wealth and
religion and religious movements both globally and locally. 
Highlights will include the long-standing crisis in the Middle East,
fundamentalism [Hindu, Muslim and Christian], the violent Algerian
and Vietnamese conflicts, the Gorbachev revolution and other
variants of democratic socialism [Prague Spring]; different models
of capitalist organization and of authoritarian statehood; the
transformation of societies and cultures under the impact of
technological change and “commodification”; environmental
challenges.   Source materials include a textbook, other short
readings [primarily “first person” encounters with global change],
three films to be examined critically [Goodbye Lenin, Battle of
Algiers, and Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth].  Requirements include:
regular attendance at lectures and discussion sections, three
equally weighted exams, and other short assignments.