HIST215 - Europe Divided and United 1945-Present

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 100-level units in History or Politics and International Relations
Teaching Organisation: Nil

To study Europe’s postwar political history is to examine events and developments of global importance and relevance. In this unit students will learn about the European origins of the Cold War, the division of the continent into two rival political blocs, and the re-unification of Europe following the collapse of Eastern European communism in 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Students will also have the opportunity to investigate the histories behind some of the key political issues facing Europe today, such as Brexit, the rise of populism and the revival of nationalism. Students will apply a variety of historical methods and approaches, and work with different types of primary and secondary sources, in order to investigate and research major topics. Where appropriate, the unit will focus on specific nation or theme-based case studies in order to ‘drill down’ into key issues and debates.
The aim of this unit is to develop students’ capacity to examine historically key political events and developments in Europe since the end of World War Two.