Interwar Europe: Working out Modernity in the Midst of Crisis

Ken Ledford
Associate Professor of History and Law, CWRU
Landmark Centre Building
Tuesdays, September 03-November 12
1:30-3:30 p.m.

The treaties signed at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 changed everything about Europe and ushered in a twenty-year interlude of promise and tumult. Victors and defeated alike suffered loss, of complacency, of confidence, of certainty.Innovation abounded, in technology, in borders, in gender relations, in class relations, and in cultural expression.Rapid change marked every aspect of life. This course will examine the interwar period on its own terms, not as a fore-ordained intermezzo between two inevitable wars. And when we study it closely, we can both find parallels to and find lessons for our own time.

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