I am currently a sessional lecturer at Carleton University and I teach two undergraduate history courses.

This course examines the political, social, cultural and economic history of Europe in the twentieth century. We will look at what some historians refer to as the “long twentieth century” by examining key developments and trends in Europe during the last decades of the 1800s. From here, the course will discuss the years preceding World War I and the dominant ideologies present in Europe at the time. Some of the major themes and developments to be discussed include the World Wars, the origins of authoritarian ideologies, the Russian Revolution, the interwar period, anti-Semitism, the changing face of nationalism, Cold War hostilities, everyday life in divided Europe, the postwar state and regime change in 1989/1990. We will also discuss conflict, political reform and social change in Eastern Europe following the collapse of one-party systems and will end the course by examining European integration. This course will aim to explore both Western and Eastern Europe. The course lectures, as well as your readings, will reflect this focus.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Felix Gilbert & David Clay Large., The End of the European Era: 1890 to the Present, Fifth Edition (Paperback) W. W. Norton & Company, 2002.
  2. Mark Mazower, Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century, (Paperback) Vintage Books, 2000.
Suggested Readings:
  1. Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101, Penguin Books, 1993
  2. Elie Wiesel, Night, Bantam Books, 1960.
  3. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Bantam Books, 1990.
  4. Joseph Rothschild, “The Revenge of the Repressed” in Return to Diversity: Political History of Central Europe since World War II, Oxford University Press, 1999.

This is the continuation of the History of Western Civilization, examing the period from 1750 to the present. We will begin part two of this survey course in the late 18th century and will examine major ideologies, trends, transformations and conflicts throughout Europe, as well as within a global framework. Major themes to be discussed include the French Revolution, nineteenth century ideologies, social change during industrialization, the development of national, class and gender-based identities, multiethnic empires, imperialism and the World Wars. We will conclude this course by examining the end of the Cold War in 1989/90 and looking beyond to developments in the 1990s and into the early 21st century. 

Required Textbooks:
  1. Thomas Noble, Barry Strauss et al., Western Civilization: Beyond Boundaries, 5th edition (2008).
  1. Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Julius Ruff et al., Discovering the Western Past, 6th edition, 2 vols. (2008).