330-200-VA, The Twentieth Century World: An Age of Conflict
In 1900, the world was closer to kings than democracy, cars barely existed, airplanes didn't, most women could only dream of voting, and TV was decades away. After World Wars, struggles for and against colonization, women's fight for equality, battles between Left and Right, communism and capitalism, Third World and First, the world of today is completely transformed. What or who has led us to this brave new world? This course explores the causes, dynamics and consequences of the major events since 1890, including social, political, economic, scientific and ideological revolutions that have shaped our world. Particular attention will be paid to the theme of nationalism versus globalization and interdependence. The research and analysis skills practiced in this course help prepare students for higher level courses.