This course examines the history of Europe during the interwar period which begins at the end of the First World War and continues to the outbreak of the Second World War. The course covers the major political, social, and cultural developments as well as the diplomatic and economic crises of the period. The course aims to engage in the various interpretations and complexities of inter-war Europe. It begins with a discussion of the effects of the Treaty of Versailles, the collapse of empires, and the creation of new national states. It will pay close attention to the rise of totalitarian ideologies and the failure of liberal democracy and capitalism. While this period witnessed an increase in political violence, it also saw an explosion of creativity, technological expansion, and utopian social cultural projects.
Offered for 3 Semester hours.