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L3  — A HISTORY OF THE LONG 20th CENTURY (1890-present)



This is a survey course on a very long period of American history. I will not be able to dwelve into all the important aspects of American history during the century. So you will need to do some reading on your own, and in particular to complement my lectures by chapters in one of the good histories of the United States. There are several excellent ones you can choose from. A People and A Nation is very good for students and we have several copies in the library. I personally like Maldwyn Jones, The Limits of Liberty (Oxford University Press) because its both precise and synthetic (and written by a great British historian of the US). I also recommend an online textbook which is somewhat (too) synthetic at times but helpful.

I strongly advise you to create your own chronology with the attached model. It's a good way of getting a clearer picture of the period under study.

In TD you will study texts related to my lectures, although there might be slight discrepancies because we will not be able to go at the same speed in all groups. It is not a problem.

The exam will be taken in each of your TD class for "assidus" students. It will be in the form of a "commentaire de texte." DA students will have a special exam session along the same format. They should ask one of the TD instructors to give them access to their texts.

Important warning : computers are not allowed during class nor is voice recording. Note taking is exclusively done by hand (see here or here why this is the case).


Prospective syllabus (adjusted as we go along), 2019

Sept 10 : Revolt and reform (1890s-1917)
Sept 17 : Revolt and reform (1890s-1917) Outline and documents
Sept 24 : The Return to Normalcy? (1920s)
Oct 1 : The Return to Normalcy? (1920s)
Oct 8 : The Return to Normalcy? (1920s). You can watch a documentary on Edward Bernays here (until Nov 8, 2019)
Oct 15 : The Return to Normalcy? (1920s) Powerpoint (outline and documents).
Oct 22 : The Great Depression and the New Deal (1930s)
Oct 29 : Break
Nov 5 : The Great Depression and the New Deal (1930s) (outline and documents)
Nov 12 : American culture and society (1945-1960)
Nov 19 : American culture and society (1945-1960) (outline)
Nov 26 : The 1960s
Dec 3 : The 1970s-1980s





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