HI315 Contemporary Europe

for SP 2008

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HI 315 Contemporary Europe


SP 2008 HO


Bach, Thomas



Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 12:15 PM

Credit Hours



  1. Timothy Garton Ash, The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague (Vintage, 1999).
  2. Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (Penguin (Non-Classics), 2006).
  3. Heda Margolius Kovaly, Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 (Holmes & Meier Publishers, 1997).
  4. John Pinder and Simon Usherwood, The European Union: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, USA, 2007).

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Course Description:
A survey of European development since World War II, emphasizing the prosperity created by Europe's political and economic integration. Also emphasized will be Europe's perception of itself, its role in world affairs and its attractiveness to others. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret historical methods, approaches, and elements of late 20th century history
  2. Evaluate historical interpretations and ideas which direct popular conceptions;
  3. Evaluate changing social norms and their historical effects; and
  4. Examine European social and political systems and ways for contributing to alternative responsible citizen participatory solutions.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Midterm                    20 pts
Final                          20 pts
Critical Essay            10 pts
Class Participation     20 pts
Semester Project       30 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:

General Rules:

1) Failure to complete all graded work will result in an F.

2) Late papers lose 1 a grade a day and will not be accepted after on week.

3) Students have 3 personal days after these are exhausted each unexcused absence results in a 1% decrease in your final grade.

4) You must hand in all assignments in person.

5) Students are responsible for all information disseminated during class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students may not engage in rude or dismissive behavior. Failure to behave in a civil and civilized manner will result in an F for the class participation component of the course.

In addition, students who, during lectures or discussion, text, email, read the paper, talk with one another, or engage in other unproductive and unprofessional behavior will lose points.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Tentative Schedule
Full Syllabus Handed Out In Class.


14: Course Introduction

18 WWII Political, Economic, Social, and Geographic Ramifications

21: NO CLASS: Martin Luther King Day

25: The Marshall Plan

29: The Berlin Airlift


1: Cold War (overview)

4: Eastern Europe and the Stalinist Take Over

8: Under a Cruel Star

11: Stalin Dies

15: Socialism with a Human Face

18: NO CLASS: Presidents’ Day

22: France and De Gaulle

25: England

29: Germany


3 Spain and Portugal

7: Midterm

10: NO CLASS: Spring Break

14: NO CLASS: Spring Break

17: Decolonization: England

21: NO CLASS: Good Friday

24: Decolonization: France

28: New Forms of Imperialism

31: The Middle East


4: The 60s

7: The 70s

11: Transitions: Spain and Portugal

14: Transitions: England and the Post War Consensus

18: Transitions: USSR

21: The Magic Lantern

25: EU Backward and Forward

28 Europe and the GWOT


2: Summation

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Any academic misconduct earns a minimum of an F for the course.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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