Hist 155-01: Twentieth Century World
Time: Monday, Wednesday 1:30pm-2:45pm
Location: DMH 165
The 20th century was a time of revolutionary scientific and technological advancement and social change, but it was also a time of extreme violence and ideological contention. This course examines the history of the recently ended century from a global perspective. Key questions in this class include the following: if the 20th c. was so modern, why was it so violent? How have science and technology changed who we are and how we relate to each other? Why do we buy things made in distant places…and so what that we do? How and why have some resisted the promises of modernity? Is globalization really another example of western imperialism--or are we participating in a new, truly global era?
Focusing on global history in the twentieth century, students will receive an appreciation for human expression in cultures outside the U.S. and an understanding of how that expression has developed over time. Additionally, students will understand how traditions of cultures outside the U.S. have influenced American culture and society.
Reading Guides for Theme II (Traditions & Encounters, chs. 34-39)
Reading Questions for Theme III (We by Zamyatin)
Reading Questions for Theme IV (Travels of a T-Shirt)