20th Century World History

This course focuses on the ways in which the dramatic events of the 20th century have shaped the 21st-century world in which we live.

We begin with an examination of the tragic events of World War I, ending with an analysis of the growth of nationalist movements that the war inspired around the world. After charting the emergence of totalitarian regimes throughout the world during the 1920s and 1930s, the class documents the violence of World War II and the tragedy of the Holocaust. The class also examines the ideological struggle between communism and capitalism which dominated the globe, as well as the birth of new nations in Africa and Asia after 1945.

The course ends with an analysis of the growth of global issues such as environmentalism, terrorism, and the world economy in the early 21st-century world.