The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

HIST3455

Units

20 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

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.


Content

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.

Requisite

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

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 2

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 2

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 2