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2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HS 380 Dangerous Continent: Europe, 1945-2005

This course examines Europe’s main events and processes during the years from 1945 to 2005. Coming after a disastrous half-century of Great Depression, political extremism, and two world wars, Europe’s history after World War II is often seen as less momentous and essentially peaceful. In fact, this view is something of an illusion. True, there were no world wars or great economic disasters between 1945- and 2005; but Europe continued to be a key flashpoint for crucial, sometimes truly historic, developments- from the beginnings of the Cold War to the European powers’ loss of their vast overseas empires, from the fall of communism in the miraculous revolution of 1989-91 to the disastrous disintegration of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, from the sudden, unexpected presence of a large Muslim minority and all the tensions and dilemmas this presented to the al-Qaeda attacks of 2004 and 2005 in Madrid and London.