Twentieth Century World History

New School for Social Research: Liberal Studies

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
20th Century World History
Spring 2023
Taught By: Eli Zaretsky
Section: A

CRN: 13336

Credits: 3

In this course we will explore the broad outlines of 20th century history, which Eric Hobsbawm termed “the age of extremes.” Our main theme will be the interplay of war and revolution. World War One (1914-1919) released unprecedented, mass political forms including fascism, communism, ultra-nationalism, and movements for national independence. World War Two (1939-45) and the Cold War (1945- 1989) produced a tenuous era of American hegemony that barely contained the revolutionary forces released by World War One. Throughout the entire era the center of gravity of the world economy and politics shifted gradually toward Asia and especially China, to which we will devote special attention. Works to be studied include those of Mark Mazower, Adam Tooze, Giovanni Arrighi, John Dower, Timothy Snyder, and Masao Maruyama.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Liberal Studies (GLIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 5

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:46am EDT 9/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1107
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023