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HIST 1010
Othon Alexandrakis

York University Department of History AP/History 1010 6.0A: War, Revolution and Society in the Twentieth Century Fall/W2int3-2014 InstrNrefe.sor Lectures: Tues and Thurs 11:30-12:30 Office hours: Tues & Thurs 10:30-11:25 AClWocaton:Email: [email protected] Office Location: 313 York Lanes (Harriet Tubman Institute) Course Description This course introduces students to the major politic al and social upheavals that have helped to shape the contemporary world. Topics we w ill explore include European and Japanese colonialism, the two World Wars, the Ru ssian Revolution, th e Chinese Revolution, Decolonization, the Cold War, and Genocide. We w ill also work on critical reading, writing and speaking skills as well as e xploring questions about how hist orians go about interpreting and expthining the past. The goals are therefore twofol d: to introduce students to the history of the 20 century, and to explore the basic methods of historical investigation: finding and assessing evidence, developing historical arguments, and preparing essays and other written assignments. Specific Skills To be Enhanced: -Learn factual information about the world in the 20thcentury, including dates, names, key events, geography -Learn how a historical argument is constructed -Learn how to work with both primary and secondary sources -Understand how historians present different views of past events (historiography) -Evaluate the written work of historians (critical reading and thinking) -Write your own historical essay -Learn how to debate and discuss historical issues in groups Required Readings (available at the York University Bookstore) 1) Gordon Martel, The Origins of the First World War 2) Sean Kennedy, The Shock of War. Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945 3) Jay Winter and Emmanuel Sivan, War and Remembrance in the Twentieth Century All-in-one pack: 4a) Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Russian Revolution, 2ndedition (Oxford University Press, 2008) 4b) Michael Howard and William Roger Louis, The Oxford History of the Twentieth Century 4c) William Kelleher Storey and Towser Jones, Writing History: a Guide for Canadian Students Course Assignments Participation (ongoing evaluation in tutorial) .............................................................12.5% On-Line plagiarism tutorial (due date set by your TA).................................................2.5% Map Quizzes (in class) ..................................................................................................10% Short Papers (due October 8, November 5 and February 4).........................................15% 1 Memoir Study (due December 5)...................................................................................15% Major Paper: Memorial Essay (due March 24)..............................................................20% Essay proposal (due February 25: pass or fail grade; must hand one in to have essay graded) Final Exam (as scheduled by the registrar)....................................................................25% Participation: value 12.5% Students are expected to attend class and tutorial regularly, but participation is more than just attending: students can only receive an A for participation if they contribute regularly and meaningfully to class discussions. Your Tutorial Assistant will provide further detail of what is expected of you in tutorial and how your participation mark will be calculated. Short Papers: 15% (5 % each) Over the course of the school year, students will write 3 short papers: two in the first term, and one in the second. They will be 3-4 pages long (750-1,000 words). Each will be related to a topic we are covering in the course. We will discuss the requirements for this assignment in detail in class. 1. Causes of the First World War 2. The Meaning of the Russian Revolution 3. Decolonization On-Line plagiarism tutorial, 2.5% Students will be required to provide proof to their TA’s that they have taken this on-line tutorial and passed the quiz. It is very important that students understand what academic dishonesty and plagiarism are. Students must know the importance of citing all sources, using quotation marks for direct quotes, paraphrasing correctly and using the proper format for footnotes/endnotes and bibliography. Memoir Study, value 15% In the First Semester the final assignment will be an analysis of a memoir written by someone who experienced war first-hand. Students can choose a memoir from: World War One, the Spanish Civil War, or the Russian Revolution/Civil War. A list of approved memoirs will be provided and we will discuss the requirements in class. Map Quizzes 10% (there will be 2 per term, each worth 2.5%) Students will be taking 4 short map quizzes in class that will cover areas of the world we discuss in the course, with an emphasis on Europe. We will discuss this further in class. Essay Proposal and Essay: value 25%. The essay topic is MEMORY and COMMEMORATION. We will discuss the details of this assignment in class and in tutorial. You must hand in an essay proposal by February 25. We will also be discussing the proposal in class and in tutorial. Final Exam: value: 25%. Date as scheduled by the registrar. This will cover material from both terms. We will discuss this exam in detail in class. Late Assignment Policies: 2 Extensions can be granted under the following conditions: 1) You ask your TA for the extension at least 4 days in advance of the due date; 2) You provide a medical note should you be unable to meet a deadline due to a medical emergency or illness; 3) You will not be granted an extension beyond 7 days past the due date. Late paper policy is 2% per day for each day late, including weekends. If you are handing in late, you can email a copy to your TA to stop the clock ticking, but you must provide a hard copy within 2 working days or else the paper will not be accepted. Your TA MUST have a hard copy in order to grade your paper, and it must match the emailed copy. Grading: For a full description of York’s grading system, see the York University Undergraduate Calendar: Email Etiquette: If you have questions that cannot wait for your tutorial, you can email your TA or you can email the Professor, but some general guidelines apply: 1) Please provide an appropriate salutation to the person you are addressing (full name/title); 2) Identify which course you are enrolled in; 3) Write in full sentences; 4) Always sign the message using your full name and student number. Academic Honesty Plagiarism is taken very seriously. Violations of the York Senate Policy on Academic Honesty – including submitting work written by someone else or submitted in another course, failing to use quotation marks and citations when using or paraphrasing the printed or electronically- transmitted work of others, collaborating on written assignments, cheating during examinations, and aiding or abetting academic misconduct – will be treated severely. Recent penalties have included failure on the assignment, failure in the course, suspension from the University, and withholding or rescinding a York degree. For further information, see Important Dates to Remember Last date to announce components of final grades: September 22, 2013 Last date to enroll in courses without the permission of the instructor: September 22, 2013 Last date to enroll with the permission of the instructor: October 25, 2013 Last date to drop a course without receiving a grade: February 14, 2014 Last dates to submit term work: December 6 and April 4, 2014 A WORD ON TUTORIALS: Each week you will meet in small groups with your tutorial leader to discuss some readings and topics in a more in-depth fashion. For most weeks you will therefore be assigned two kinds of readings: some relevant primary source documents and also secondary sources that will help 3 clarify and deepen your understanding of the week’s topics. You are expected to have read the materialsin advance of the tutorial and to arrive at your meeting prepared to speak about some of the issues and ideas presented. You will be graded not just on attendance but also on your active participation. Your Tutorial Leader will review with you the expectations on the first day of class. SCHEDULE OF LECTURES 1. WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 Topics: September 10, 2013: Welcome and Introduction September 12, 2013: Overview: Nation States and Empires Readings: No readings this week. 2. WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 Topics: September 17, 2013: The violence of imperialism to 1914 September 19, 2013: Diplomacy from 1890-1914 Readings: 1) Martel, The Origins of the First World War 16-48 2) Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden”, available at the Modern History Sourcebook, 3) Martel, The Origins of the First World War, Document 11 4) A.E. Scrivener, “Private Company Rule in the Congo” 1903, at “Classzone,” McDougal Littell, 3. WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 Topics: September 24, 2013: The Causes of the First World War September 26, 2013: The first two years of war: battles and front-line experiences Readings: 1) Martel, The Origins of the First World War, 3-15, 50-87 2) Documents from Martel’s Book: Please read documents 5, 7, 10, 20, 22, 26, 27, 33. 4. WEEK OF OCTOBER 1, 2013 Topics: October 1, 2013: The last two years of war: battles October 3, 2013: Civilian life in World War One Readings: 1) Winter, “Forms of Kinship and Remembrance in the aftermath of the Great War,” in Winter 4 and Sivan, editors, War and Remembrance in the Twentieth Century 2) Please read 5 letters from the front – the ones to choose from are listed on this page: 5. WEEK OF OCTOBER 8, 2013 Topics: October 8, 2013: The Collapse of Russia October 10, 2013: The Civil War in Russia Readings: 1) Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Russian Revolution, 40-92 2) Martel, The Origins of the Great War, Document 25 (p. 113-114) 3) V. Lenin, “Call to Power” 1917. At the Modern History Sourcebook, Short Paper #1 Due 6. WEEK OF OCTOBER 15, 2013 Topics: October 15, 2013: The Soviet Union Established: Stalinism October 17, 2013: The First World War and its consequences in Sub-Saharan Africa Readings: 1) Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Russian Revolution, 120-172 2) Official explanation of the purges, 1935. At the Modern History Sourcebook, 3) Hymn to Stalin. At the Modern History Sourcebook, 7. WEEK OF OCTOBER 22, 2013 Topics: October 22, 2013: The Collapse of Austria-Hungary and the German Revolution October 24, 2013: The Turkish Empire’s Collapse and its Consequences. Special Guest Lecture by Professor Sakis Gekas, Department of History, York University Readings: 1) “Young Turks Proclamation for the Ottoman Empire, 1908” at Modern History Sourcebook, 2) Adaptation of George N. Shirinian, introduction to The Asia Minor Catastrophe and the Ottoman Greek Genocide: Essays on Asia Minor, Pontos, and Eastern Thrace, 1913–1923, edited by George N. Shirinian (Bloomingdale, IL: The Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center, Inc.: 2012), available at Recommended for further background: 5 David R. Woodward, The Middle East During World War One at the BBC History Website, 8. WEEK OF OCTOBER 29, 2013 Topics: October 29, 2013: Picking up the Pieces: The Versailles Treaty October 31, 2013: NO CLASS: CO-CURRICULAR WEEK No Tutorials this week. 9. WEEK OF NOVEMBER 5, 2013 Topics: November 5, 2013: Postwar Problems November 7, 2013: The Weimar Republic Readings: 1) Sean Kennedy, the Shock of War, Introduction (pp. 1-12) 2) Ernst Bloch, “Hitler’s Force,” 1924. Available at the website
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