History | The World in the 20th Century II
H102 | 4485 | Lazda

Above section carries culture studies credit

Why did the Soviet Union fall? What caused the Arab-Israeli
Conflict? Why did students stand in front of tanks in Beijing in
1989? Why did people fly planes into the World Trade Center? These
are some of the questions we will address in this class on world
events in the 20th and 21st centuries. Supporters of globalization
argue that the world has become an interconnected community that
fosters stability and peace through organizations such as the United
Nations. By contrast, opponents protest economic and social
inequalities as seen in the demonstrations against the World Bank in
Seattle. Futhermore, these tensions have developed into violent
conflicts, as we have witnessed recently in places such as the
Middle East, South Asia, and the United States. In this class we
will seek to understand reasons for conflicts between individuals,
nations, and states. Topics include: World War II and the Cold War,
Revolution in China, Decolonization in South Asia and Africa, the
Arab-Israeli Conflict, Nationalism, Peacekeeping and Terrorism.
There are no prerequisites for this course. Class materials include
a textbook, excerpts from novels and memoirs, and films.