The Global Twentieth Century

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Global Twentieth Century

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Major themes in world history since 1914. Focuses on those historical forces which have intensified global interdependence during the twentieth century.
    This paper analyses the major forces that shaped world history in the 20th century. It considers the global impact of specific events and phenomena, such as the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, the two World Wars, the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, decolonisation, the collapse of the Soviet bloc, the rise of Asia and new global problems at the end of the century. It also explores different ideologies and creeds, such as liberalism, socialism, fascism, nationalism, feminism and religion. Above all, History 102 examines processes of globalisation, focusing on the ways demographic, economic, technological, environmental, social and cultural forces increased global interdependence over the course of the 20th century.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students will:
    -Be equipped with a clear sense of the general shape of world history in the 20th century and the interrelationship of events, ideologies and personalities
    -Have a sound grasp of the concepts, terms and methodolgies historians use

    Recommended: Pamela Kyle Crossley, Lynn Hollen Lees, and John W. Servos, Global Society: The World Since 1900 (3rd edition, 2012).

    In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.

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