As the attempt to recover from World War One finally collapsed into the Great Depression, Europe found itself divided between democrats, communists and the new extremist movements of Nazism and fascism. These tensions exploded into World War Two, a war that not only destroyed much of Europe but helped bring about the end of Europe’s global empires. In the aftermath of war, Europe hardened into a Soviet east and a NATO west, until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 left behind an expansionist European Union and a wounded Russia looking to reassert itself on the world stage.
This topic examines European conflict and change during the period of the rise and fall of communism and fascism, and investigates how the new Europe of the EU, Russia and a newly isolationist Britain came into existence. Through the study of primary sources and new works, this topic will offer students the ability to understand how contemporary Europe came into existence.
This topic aims to:
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