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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 4
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module surveys international and national developments in the aftermath of World War I, with particular attention to events in Italy, Germany and Spain and the re-emergence of world war in 1939; and it explores global relations and economic trends in the post-World War II world.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of issues in 20th-century History
2. Display a detailed knowledge of a range of particular issues, especially political and social revolutions
3. Negotiate different interpretations of mid 20th-century issues, such as the origins of the Cold War
4. Apply acquired analytical skills in dealing with a range of 20th-century topics
5. To identify some of the key political, economic and cultural forces that helped to shape the twentieth century

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture2No Description
Tutorial1No Description
Assignment Completion15Essay [1500-1750 words]
Independent Study4No Description
Total Workload: 22

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

1918-39: The aftermath of war and peace

Italy and Germany: Democracy and dictatorship

Spain: Monarchy, republic and civil war

Great Britain / France: Political and social movements

Economic and cultural developments between the wars

Origins of World War II

Cold War: Origins and crises

Globalisation: Culture and economy

Islam and the 'West'

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • William R. Keylor: 2005, The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History since 1900, 5th, OUP USA;,
  • Robin W. Winks & R.J.Q. Adams: 2003, Europe, 1890-1945: Crisis and Conflict, OUP USA,
  • E.J. Hobsbawm: 1995, Age of Extremes : The Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991, Abacus,
  • Gordon A. Craig: 1980, Germany 1866-1945, OUP,
  • Ian Kershaw: 2001, Hitler, 1889-1936: Hubris, Penguin,
  • D. Mack Smith: 1997, Modern Italy: A Political History, Yale University Press,
  • Tony Judt: 2007, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Pimlico,
  • John Lewis Gaddis: 2007, The Cold War, Penguin,
  • Martin McCauley: 2008, Russia, America and the Cold War: 1949-1991, 2nd, Longman,
Other Resources

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