Undergraduate Course: Dreams and nightmares: the culture and politics of postwar Europe, 1945-1975 (HIST10385)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is intended as an in-depth analysis of the 'postwar moment' in Europe, from the dying embers of the Second World War to the global economic transformation of the 1970s. The aim will be to examine the ways in which Europeans came to terms with the traumas of war and sought to rebuild a shattered continent. Students will explore the period through close-grained historical reading in seminars and a series of source workshops, in which they will discuss literary, film, artistic and documentary sources.
The main focus will be on four countries - France, Germany, Italy and Czechoslovakia - and the range of primary sources will be deliberately eclectic. In addition to oral sources and other archival documents, students can expect to read texts by writers such as Milan Kundera, Wolfgang Koeppen, Frantz Fanon, Simone de Beauvoir, Milan Kundera, Herbet Marcuse, Primo Levi and Albert Camus, and watch films by directors such as Gillo Pontecorvo and Federico Fellini. The secondary reading will be equally varied and students will be encouraged to work with historical, sociological, literary and anthropological writings. These should allow students to think imaginatively about the origins and meaning of social change in twentieth-century Europe.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
|Additional Costs|| Students can access all the source material in the library. However, they may wish to purchase the key primary texts, available cheaply online.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
1 x 3,000-word essay on one or more of the prescribed sources, which will be due in week 9, with questions given around 10 days before submission (15%);
1 x 3,000 word essay on broader historiographical questions, which will be due during the December exam diet period, with questions given in week 10 (20%)
Semester 2: 1 x 3,000-word essay on one or more prescribed sources, which will be due in week 9, with questions given around 10 days before submission (20%);
1 x 3,000 word research essay, for which the students will have to devise their own question and/or topic (25%)
2 x assessed presentations (10%). Students will do two presentations during the course - one on historiography and one on source material. The best of the two presentation marks will go towards the final grade.
1 x participation or online discussion forum (10%)
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a coherent grasp of key political, economic, social, cultural developments in postwar Europe from 1945 to 1975
- Demonstrate a better understanding of major themes in postwar European cultural and intellectual life
- Demonstrate a familiarity with the key historiographical innovations in the study of postwar Europe; this will include knowledge and engagement with secondary literature from sociology, literature, political science and anthropology
- Engage with written and audiovisual primary sources (where appropriate in foreign languages)
- Critically analyse the work of others; a capacity to engage critically with the relevant textual and non-textual primary and secondary sources; an ability to gather and organise relevant material for presenting their findings; and an ability to work under established deadlines
|These introductory texts can be used to get a sense of the major course themes.|
Eric Hobsbawm, Age of Extremes, 1914-1991 (1994)
Mark Mazower, Dark Continent, Europe's Twentieth Century (1998)
Tony Judt, Postwar. A History of Europe since 1945 (2005)
David Reynolds, From World War to Cold War (2006)
Richard Vinen, A History in Fragments:. Europe in the Twentieth Century (2000)
Alexis Korner 'Culture' in M. Fulbrook (ed.), Europe since 1945 (2001)
Tim Buchanan, Europe's Troubled Peace (1945-2000) (2005)
Geoff Eley, Forging Democracy. The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000 (2002)
Dominik Geppert (ed.), The Postwar Challenge. Cultural, Social, and Political Change in
Western Europe, 1945-58 (2003)
David Crowley and Jane Pavitt (eds.), Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970 (2008)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Seminar: 1 x 2-hour session every other week, plus 1 introductory and 1 concluding seminar (24 hours)
Source workshop: 1 x 2-hour session every other week (20 hours)
|Keywords||Dreams & nightmares
|Course organiser||Dr Emile Chabal
Tel: (0131 6)50 4302
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Perry