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Europe’s 20th Century

Historians often craft elaborate narratives that (attempt to) lay out the contours of a given historical period in all its intricacy. If you were obliged to select one word (or short phrase) to characterize Europe’s 20th Century, what would that word be? Explain why, making reference to at least two historical episodes and why you are choosing to interpret them in the manner you have selected, as well as why they are characteristic of general trends relating to Europe in the 20th Century.

Answer the following question in essay form, constructing your answer out of a combination of the textbook, broader understandings of RELEVANT history, and an explicit discussion of themes raised in class. The answer must be typewritten, approximately 4-5 double-spaced pages in length (12 point font), and submitted to me in person at the time and place stipulated above. Failure
Historians often craft elaborate narratives that (attempt to) lay out the contours of a given historical period in all its intricacy. If you were obliged to select one word (or short phrase) to characterize Europe’s 20th Century, what would that word be? Explain why, making reference to at least two historical episodes and why you are choosing to interpret them in the manner you have selected, as well as why they are characteristic of general trends relating to Europe in the 20th Century.

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