- Code HIST6240
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of History
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject History
- Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, History, International Relations, European Studies, Politics
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
At the conclusion of the Second World War in 1945, Europe was reduced to rubble. This course examines the troubled history of attempts to re-establish prosperity and democracy in the postwar period. In Eastern Europe, Communist dictatorships claimed to provide a superior political and economic system. In Western Europe, the strengthening of democracy often took a back seat to the demands of the Cold War, the legacies of totalitarianism, the reluctance to decolonise and the prioritisation of economic growth. Protest and dissent - from students, feminists and terrorists – marked both East and West. This course examines the origins and contradictions of contemporary European politics and society in order better to understand the trials and tribulations of Europe in the early 21st century.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the history and historiography of Europe since 1945;
- critically evaluate key interpretations of late 20th century Europe's social, cultural and political history;
- analyse and integrate primary and secondary sources into written work at an advanced level; and
- demonstrate the significance of late 20th-century Europe for today's world.
- Book review (1,000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Major essay (4,500 words), on a topic designed by the student in consultation with the course convenor (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Essay Proposal (500 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsKey readings will be supplied through Wattle.
Preliminary ReadingVictoria De Grazia, “A Model Mrs. Consumer,” in Irresistible Empire (2005), 376-458.
Emanuela Scarpellini, “Shopping American-Style: The Arrival of the Supermarket in Postwar Italy,” Enterprise & Society 5 (2004): 652-68.
Kristen Ross, “Hygiene and Modernization,” in Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture (1995), 71-122.
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