2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 22, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

HIST 307 - Humanity’s Darkest Century: The World Wars & Twentieth Century History

Credits: Three (3)
Was the twentieth century humanity’s darkest hour? How have the two world wars continued to effect us today? Empires fell at the outset of the twentieth century and were replaced by nation-states; revolutions - social, cultural, and economics - swept across the globe in the 1960s and 70s; global economic crises brought on by our reliance on fossil fuels provoked new waves of violence in the 80s and 90s; the Cold War ended and a new threat, in the many forms of global extremist terrorism, took it’s place, all in the twentieth century. Yet in these one hundred years we also witnessed women gain the right to vote in many countries, the emergence of the civil rights movement, and innovations in food production which have produced greater food security (for some) in certain countries. So what is the enduring legacy of the twentieth century? Students will use evidence from newspapers, film, music, and an array of other primary and secondary sources to answer these and other persistent questions about humanity’s “darkest” century. {M; W; C, I]
General Education Area: Social Science