The 20th century was an age of extremes. It witnessed the rise of human rights, pronounced economic growth and social transformation alongside wars of unprecedented barbarity and totalitarian political regimes. Topics to be discussed include the world wars of the century (origins, course and impact), the rise and fall of fascism and communism, decolonization, economic crises, the genocides of the 20th century, the post 1945 East West schism, and the global realignments of the century’s end.

Required Readings
• J.C. Corbally, The Twentieth Century World, 1914 to the Present: State of Modernity (London: Bloomsbury, 2019).
• Additional readings to be distributed in class/via moodle