The course will provide an introduction to the major events and ideas of C20th history. No previous knowledge is required.
Week 1: The world around 1900
Week 2: The Great War
Week 3: The Russian Revolution
Week 4: Fascism
Week 5: The troubled '30s in Russia and the USA
Week 6: Total war
Week 7: Genesis of the Cold War
Week 8: Britain's painful post-war adjustment
Week 9: From Detente to Evil Empire. Ebbs and flow in the Cold War.
Week 10: End game. The collapse of Communism in Europe.
Each week's lecture is self-contained but together the course builds to provide an overview of the events which still shape our world.
Lectures are illustrated by power point slides with maps and photographs. Copies of each lecture including lecture notes will be available on request.