New Europe 1
Towards a New Europe
Staff contact: D.
M. Williams (Att. 804)
Economic and Social History,
like the other social sciences, is concerned with the workings of human
society. Its main interest lies in changes occurring over time in
the productive systems of society, and in related social structures.
It has a strong contemporary relevance, and helps to explain many of the
features of today’s world. The course introduces students to the
emergence of today’s Europe by examining the development of the continent’s
three biggest twentieth-century economies – Britain, France and Germany.
will be 17 lectures supported by weekly tutorials.
this Semester's Course
2. Europe in the
early 20th century
3. World War I: why
was the Impact of WWI so great?
4. World War I: its
5. Europe in the
Aftermath of WWI: The Search for Stability
6. Social and economic
Chaos: Hyperinflation in Germany 1918-24
7. The Boom of the
late 1920s: France, Germany and American Funds
8. Britain in the
9. The Background
to the Economic Crisis of 1929-32
in Crisis: Why was the Slump of 1929-32 so severe?
Nazi Seizure of Power
Aftermath of Depression: Germany, the Nazi Economy
in Hitler's Germany
Unemployment and Growth in the 1930s
in 1930s Britain
Decay: France in the 1930s
a New Europe, 1890-1939': how far had we got?!
will be through coursework and examination; written work (40%) +
examination (60%) = final mark. For students taking only Module
EH101, assessment is by two pieces of written work and a two-hour, January
examination. For those taking EH101 and EH102 together, assessment
is by four pieces of written work (which counts for 40% of the final grade)
and a 3-hour midsummer examination.
Aldcroft, The European Economy 1914-1990 (3rd edition)
Aldcroft, The Interwar Economy: Britain 1919-1939
Fearon, The Origins and Nature of the Great Slump
Heiber, The Weimar Republic
E. Hobsbawm, Age of Extremes. The Short Twentieth Century
Kemp, The French Economy 1919-39
Munting and B. Holderness, Crisis, Recovery and War: An Economic
History of Continental Europe, 1918-1945.
Overy, The Nazi Economic Recovery
Pollard, Peaceful Conquest: The Industrialisation of Europe 1760-1914
Pugh (ed.), A Companion to Modern European History 1871-1945
Stevenson, British Society 1914-1945
Winter & R. Wall, The Upheaval of War: Family, Work and Welfare
in Europe, 1914-1918.
for preliminary reading/purchase
EH 1601 Homepage
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