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Contemporary History

Code 13116
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 5
Workload TP(45H)
Scientific area História
Entry requirements It doesn´t have.
Learning outcomes Provide an introduction to the study of the Contemporary Age, leading the student to the knowledge of some of the main facts and processes that marked the "long" nineteenth century and the "brief" twentieth century world history.

At the end of the Course the student should be able to:
1. Understand the emergence and the framework of the Contemporary Age, especially in what concerns its political aspects.
2. Explain concepts and essential notions to the understanding of Contemporary History.
3. Produce a paper work based on one of the points of the program.
4. Show oral presentation proficiency in the discussion of the paper work.
5. Assuming informed critical attitudes about the problems addressed in classes.
Syllabus I The “Long” Nineteenth Century: a glance
Revolutions, Liberalism, Democracy, Socialism, Movement of Nationalities and Imperialism.

II The “Brief” Twentieth Century
1. The First World War and the weakening of Europe.
2. Communism and the Soviet Union.
3. The crisis of the liberal democracies.
4. The Fascisms.
5. 1939-1945: the weight of an "even more total war".
6. Cold War and the Soviet Bloc collapse.
7. The decolonization.
8. East Asia: Japan and China.
9. The european building.
Main Bibliography BERSTEIN, Serge; MILZA, Pierre — História da Europa. Do Século XIX ao Início do Século XXI, Lisboa, Plátano Editora, 2007.
DROZ, Bernard; ROWLEY, Anthony — História do Século XX, Lisboa, D. Quixote, 1988-93, 4 vols.
GILBERT, Martin — História do Século XX, 2.ª ed., Alfragide, D. Quixote, 2011.
GRENVILLE, J. A. S. — A History of the World in the Twentieth Century, Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1994.
HEFFER, Jean; SERMAN, William — O Século XIX, 1815-1914, Lisboa, D. Quixote, 1999.
HOBSBAWM, E. — A Era dos Extremos. História Breve do Século XX, 1914-1991, 4.ª ed., Barcarena, Presença, 2008.
JUDT, Tony — Pós-Guerra. História da Europa desde 1945, Lisboa, Edições 70, 2011.
RÉMOND, René — Introdução à História do Nosso Tempo. Do Antigo Regime aos Nossos Dias, 4.ª ed., Lisboa, Gradiva, 2011.

The remaining bibliography will be recommended during the semester.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Expositive classes; discussion classes; practical work; use of audiovisual resources; use of the moodle platform.

The assessment, during teaching-learning, is based on 3 assignments/exercises (worth 30% + 30% + 40% of the grade respectively) carried out by the student throughout the semester and assembled in a school portfolio built for the purpose. Classification: 0 to 20 values. Grade to pass in the subject: 10 or more values. Minimum score for access to the exam period: 6 points.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-02-04

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