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Jon M Bridgman
HIST 204
Seattle Campus

Europe and America in the Era of the World Wars

Declining role of Europe in the world and rise of the United States from 1914 to 1945.

Class description

In 1914, although the United States was the greatest economic power in the world, it played only a minor role in world affairs. By 1945 the United States had been transformed into the dominant world power. In this course we will examine how this not at all self-evident transformation took place. There are two aspects to the question: the rapid decline of the European Great Powers and the parallel rise of the United States.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Any reading on history or biographies of the period would no doubt be useful.

Class assignments and grading

There will be one midterm in addition to the final. The paper assignment has yet to be determined.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 10/26/2004