Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The course investigates revolution in modern history with focus on the "global age of revolution" in the first third of the 20th century in Greater Europe. It encompasses Russian, Young Turk, Kemalist and post-WWI German revolutions, paying attention both to socialist and ethno-national rightist revolutionaries.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the key issues in the history of revolution in 20th century Europe, Russia and Turkey;

2. Apply different theories and approaches to the study of historical revolutions;

3. Critically reflect upon the rhetoric and use of violence;

4. Analyse a variety of primary and secondary source materials and synthesise it in oral and written form.


Students will survey some of the following areas:

  • Transnational dynamics and antagonisms in an age of revolution.
  • Persian and Russian revolutions 1905, Armenian revolutionary movement, Young Turk revolution 1908, Russian Revolution 1917, Interwar Kemalist revolution, Mussolini's fascism in Italy, German post-1918 left-wing revolutions, followed by the rise of self-declared revolutionary National-Socialism.
  • Socio-economic factors, ideological underpinnings, antagonist interactions.
  • Historical antecedents, long-term impact.
  • Legacy, especially in the Middle East; comparison with Baath party revolutions in Iraq and Syria, and Islamic Revolution in Iran 1979.
  • Analysing the revolutionary rhetoric and embrace of violence.


This course replaces HIST3450. If you have successfully completed HIST3450 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

Interview: Personal book review in written or oral form in the style of an interview with another person (20%)

Proposal / Plan: Essay plan (10%)

Essay: Major Essay (50%)

In Term Test: Class Test (20%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2

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