Faculteit der Cultuur- en Maatschappijwetenschappen
Entering the Field: Political Culture I
Reading Mark Mazower’s seminal The Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century” will provide students with insights into the core problems of contemporary European history. War and peace, welfare and warfare, the role of ideologies and of gender roles are among the many topics that the book covers. By moving beyond a focus of one specific national history, Mazower’s work offers of one of the most sweeping and encompassing analyses of the 20th in Europe, and challenges more classic and triumphalist accounts. Reading one book from cover to cover, we will also discuss the kind of interpretation and narrative that Mazower offers. Was the triumph of liberal democracy always preordained? What were its alternatives, and how powerful were they? And how do you write about all this in a book that should remain assessable?
Doelstellingen van dit vak
The class provides an overview of Europe’s political history during the 20th century. Moreover, we will analyze forms of historical narration and the contribution of history to academic education. As an introduction into modern and contemporary political history, EtFI establishes a clear link with two thesis frames of Political Culture: The Politics of History (2) and The Politics of Identity (3).
Mazower, M. : Dark Continent. Europe’s Twentieth Century (New York: Vintage books, 2008.)