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Contemporary History

Political Science
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course focuses on the main events of contemporary history that affected the European countries, especially Portugal. At the end of the course the students will acquire the ability to gather, select and interpret relevant historical information and stimulate the academic debate.

Course Content

1. The Long XIX Century (1776-1914)

  a) Revolutions

  b) Liberalism; Democracy and Socialism

  c) Nationalities and Nationalisms Clashes

  d) Colonization and Imperialism

2. The Brief XX Century (1914-1991)

  a) The First World War

  b) Communism and the Soviet Union

  c) The Liberal Democracies Crisis

  d) The Fascisms

  f) 1939-1945: the Weight of a “Total War”

  g) Cold War and the Soviet Bloc Collapse

  h) The End of the Colonial Empires: the Decolonization


Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848

Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Capital: 1848-1875

Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Empires: 1875-1914

Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991