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Archived Version 2014 - 2015

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module surveys both national and international developments in the aftermath of World War 1, with particular reference to events in Italy, Germany and Spain and on those events which led to the recurrence of World war in 1939. The module also explores the main issues in global relations and economic trends in the post World War II world, including the so called ‘Cold war’.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of issues in the study of twentieth century history
2. Understand the preconditions which led to formation of totalitarian regimes
3. Display a knowledge of social and political revolution during the period
4. Consider and appreciate the differing interpretations on the origins of the Cold War
5. 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

Democracy and Dictatorship

Economic and cultural developments in the inter-war period

World War II, origins and issues

The Cold War, crises and conflicts

Globalisation: Cultural and Economic considerations

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;,
  • Gordon A. Craig: 1980, Germany 1866-1945, OUP,
  • 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

2379, Website, 0, Wilson Center, http://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/cold-war-international-history-project,
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