Summer 2004
Fully Enrolled

SOCS 639
Europe In the Age Of Violence, 1914-1945


06/28/2004 - 08/11/2004
Monday & Wednesday 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Public Affairs Center 421

Special Schedule: July 4th Holiday makeup class will be held Friday, July 6 from 9:00-12:00.

We will study the history of Europe during a period of unprecedented conflict and nearly uninterrupted turmoil. Two world wars, revolutions, social and national antagonisms, ideological combat, racial hatreds, and extraordinary political leaders, such as Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Churchill, and de Gaulle, did much to determine the destinies of Europeans during these three decades. Very close attention will be given to: the origins, conduct, and multiple consequences of both world wars; the Russian Revolution of 1917, International Communism, and the Soviet Union; the power and appeal of dictatorship under Italian Fascism and German Nazism; and the decline and crises of democracy in Britain, France, and Spain.

Our method is primarily social and political analysis, although we will give careful attention to economic and cultural issues and to insights offered by biographies of individual leaders.

Texts will include Stanley Payne, A HISTORY OF FASCISM; Sheila Fitzpatrick, THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION; R. J. B. Bosworth, MUSSOLINI, THE SECOND VOLUME OF IAN KERSHAW, HITLER; and two eloquent and haunting commentaries: the first, George Orwell, HOMAGE TO CATALONIA, on the Spanish Civil War; the second, Marc Bloch, THE STRANGE DEFEAT, on France's defeat in 1940. Documentary materials will be prepared and distributed by the instructor.

There will be two take-home examinations, the first due in the middle of the term, the second at its conclusion.

This course is presented as an intensive survey, and there is no prerequisite.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus

Nathanael Greene (B.A. Brown University; M.A., Ph.D. Harvard University) is professor of history. He is author of Crisis and Decline: The French Socialist Party in the Popular Front Era (Cornell University Press); From Versailles to Vichy: The Third French Republic, 1919-1940 (Crowell); and is editor of Fascism: An Anthology (Crowell); and European Socialism Since World War I (Quadrangle Books). Click here for more information about Nathanael Greene.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Sheila Fitzpatrick, THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (Oxford University Press), Paperback

James Joll, ORIGINS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR (Longman), Paperback

Robert Paxton, THE ANATOMY OF FASCISM (Knopf), Hardcover

A.J.P. Taylor, ORIGINS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR (Simon & Schuster), Paperback

Eugen Weber, FRANCE: THE HOLLOW YEARS (Norton), Paperback


R.J.B. Bosworth, MUSSOLINI (Oxford University Press), Paperback

Ian Hershaw, HITLER (Longman), Paperback

Ian Hershaw, HITLER: NEMESIS (Oxford University Press), Paperback


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