San jose state university history 155: The 20th Century World

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HISTORY 155: The 20th Century World

Section 1, Course 25044, Spring 2017

Monday-Wednesday 0900-1015, DMH 167

Final Exam: Monday, May 22, 0715-0930
Dr. E. Bruce Reynolds

Office: DMH 140, Tel. 924-5523 (has voice mail)

Office Hours: MW 1030-1100, W 1700-1745


MAIN TEXTS: 1) William J. Duiker, Contemporary World History, Sixth edition,

(Wadsworth, 2015).

2) James H. Overfield, Sources of Twentieth Century Global History

(Houghton-Mifflin, 2002). (used copy can be ordered inexpensively online; not available at the Spartan Bookstore)


Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, 8th edition (University of Chicago Press, 2013). [If you have the 7th edition or can obtain one inexpensively it should suffice.]
SJSU STUDIES: This course fulfills the Area V requirement for SJSU Studies (formerly advanced GE). The goals of Area V courses are to "give students and appreciation for human expression in cultures outside the U.S. and an understanding of how that expression has developed over time … [and] … increase students' understanding of how traditions outside the U.S. have influenced American culture and society, as well as how cultures in general develop distinctive features and interact with other cultures."
The goals for student learning are developing the abilities to:
"1) compare systematically the ideas, values, images, cultural artifacts, economic structures, technological developments, and/or attitude of people from more than one culture outside the U.S. (assessment based on the three essay assignments and class discussion);
2) identify the historical context of ideas and cultural traditions outside the U.S. and how they have influenced American culture (assessment based on the mid-term exam and class discussion); and
3) explain how a culture outside the U.S. has changed in response to internal and external pressures" (assessment based on the final exam and class discussion).
Courses to meet Areas R, S, and V of SJSU Studies must be taken from three separate SJSU departments, or distinct academic units.
HISTORY 155 seeks to meet these objectives by enabling students better to comprehend the key socio-economic, political and cultural struggles of the past century, one that saw remarkable progress in science and technology, but was marred by the deaths of millions of people in numerous wars, genocides, and famines. The perspective of the class will be global and historical.
Central to understanding the century are the impacts of the post-Enlightenment quest for progress through the "modernization" of traditional societies and the post-Industrial Revolution competition to control markets and resources (imperialism in its various forms). During the first half of the century the effects of modernity and imperialism produced a three-way struggle between advocates of competing political ideologies (liberal capitalism, ultra-nationalism/fascism, and socialism/communism). The defeat of fascism in World War II reduced this to a two-way struggle between liberal capitalism and socialism/communism, a competition complicated by the gradual post-World War II demise of the old colonial order. With the collapse of the Soviet Union liberal-capitalism appeared to have swept the ideological field, but now faces new challenges from religious fundamentalism and ethno-nationalism, as well as serious resource and environmental challenges.
The course also covers struggles between traditional and non-traditional attitudes towards issues of gender, race and ethnicity, as well as the problems created by mass migrations caused by wars and socio-economic changes.
SPECIFIC CONTENT OF THE COURSE: The course will follow the framework established by the main text (Duiker) supplemented by discussions of readings and images in the sources text (Overfield). It is essential that students read the assigned material BEFORE the class in which it will be covered.


Week One:

January 30: Course introduction.

February 1: Duiker, Chapter 1: "The Rise of Industrial Society," pp 1-24.

Week Two:

February 6: Duiker, Chapter 2: "The High Tide of Imperialism," pp. 25-46.

February 8: Duiker, Chapter 3: "Shadows Over the Pacific" and Part I

"Reflections," pp. 47-68.

Week Three:

February 13: Discussion of readings in Overfield, Chapter 1: pp. 5-36; Chapter 2, pp.


February 15: Duiker, Chapter 4: "War and Revolution," pp. 69-93.

Week Four:

February 20: Duiker, Chapter 4, continued

February 22: Discussion of readings in Overfield, Chapter 3: pp. 73-108, Chapter 4:

pp. 119-126.

Week Five:

February 27: Duiker, Chapter 5: Nationalism, Revolution and Dictatorship," pp. 94-

120. (First Writing Assignment Due)

March 1: Discussion of readings in Overfield: Chapter 5, pp. 143-165, Chapter 6:

pp. 167-194; Chapter 7, pp. 195-229.
Week Six:

March 6: Duiker, Chapter 6: "The Crisis Deepens" and "Part II

"Reflections," pp. 121-145.

March 8: Duiker, Chapter 6, continued.

Week Seven:

March 13: Discussion of readings in Overfield: Chapter 4, pp. 111-119, 126-

142, Chapter 7, pp. 229-234; Chapter 8: pp. 239-266.

March 15: Mid-Term Exam

Week Eight

March 20: Duiker, Chapter 7: "In the Grip of the Cold War," pp. 147-168.

March 22: Duiker, Chapter 7, continued.
(Spring Break: March 27-31
Week Nine

April 3: Duiker, Chapter 8: "The US, Canada & Latin America," pp. 168-189.

April 5: Duiker, Chapter 9: "Brave New World," pp. 190-209.
Week Ten:

April 10: Duiker, Chapter 10: "Postwar Europe," pp. 210-230.

April 12: Discussion of readings in Overfield, Chapters 8-9: pp. 266-314; Chapter

10: pp. 315-328; Chapter 11: pp. 347-355.

Week Eleven:

April 17: Duiker, Chapter 12: "The East is Red" and Part III "Reflections," pp. 251-

270. (Note: Duiker, Chapter 11 will be covered later) (Second Writing Assignment Due)

April 19: Duiker, Chapter 13: "Nationalism Triumphant," pp. 271-289


Week Twelve:

April 24: Duiker, Chapter 13, continued.

April 26: Duiker, Chapter 14: "Emerging Africa," pp. 290-308.
Week Thirteen

May 1: Duiker, Chapter 15: "Ferment in the Middle East" and Part IV

"Reflections," pp. 309-329.

May 3: Duiker, Chapter 15, continued.

Week Fourteen

May 9: Duiker, Chapter 11: "Toward the Pacific Century?" pp. 229-247.

May 10: Duiker, Chapter 11, continued.
Week Fifteen

May 15: Duiker, Chapter 16: "Constructing a New World Order?" pp. 332-344

FINAL EXAM: Monday, May 22. 0715-0930
Three essays (10 points each)………...30 points

Quizzes…………….……………… ...20 points

Mid-term exam……………………… 20 points

Final exam……………………………20 points

Participation…………………………..10 points
Total…………………………………100 points

  1. Exams: There will two major essay exams, a mid-term and a final. Students will be expected to prepare for three essay topics, one of which (drawn at random) will be the topic actually assigned on the exam. In writing the exam the student will be expected to make a clear argument and support it with relevant evidence. The student should bring a blank, 8 ½ x 11-inch blue or green exam book (obtainable in the Spartan Bookstore) to the mid-term and final. Each exam will count 20% of the final grade.

  1. Quizzes: There will be objective quizzes on each chapter of the assigned reading material in the Duiker text. The purpose of this exercise is to provide an incentive to read the assigned chapters and be prepared for class. At the end of the semester each student’s best ten quiz grades will be averaged and this will count for 20% of the final grade.

  1. Three five-page (typed, double-spaced) essays will be required, each based on related primary source documents (at least two) and/or images from different cultures collected in the chapters of the Overfield sources book. That means the primary sources from Overfield should be used in the paper. Students are expected do sufficient library research to place the documents in historical context. Accordingly, a minimum of one library book should be used and cited in the paper. It is fine to use the Duiker text as a source, but it cannot be counted as the outside (library) source. Other sources, either primary or secondary, can be used. The papers should present a logical analysis that has a clear thesis (argument). The essays will be graded on both content and presentation. Each will count for ten percent of the grade and students will have the opportunity to learn from feedback on the first papers. For the first assignment the student may choose a topic covered in chapters 1-3 of the Overfield book. For the second assignment the choice is from chapters 4-10. For the final assignment the choice is from chapters 11-14.

All essays should have proper notes and bibliography according to the style Turabian terms "notes-bibliography," also often referred to as the "Chicago style". In writing your paper pay particular attention to chapters 16 and 17 (which provide specific examples of how to cite a wide variety of sources according to the "notes-bibliography" style). Do NOT use parenthetical reference style which is explained in Turabian chapters 18 and 19). You may place the notes either at the bottom of the page (footnotes) or the end of the paper (endnotes).
Purchase of the Turabian manual is strongly recommended because the new edition is substantially revised and offers much more helpful advice on the process of writing, material not included in previous editions. It is a reference work that should prove helpful in other classes.

Remember that using someone else's words from a book, journal, or the Internet without quotation marks and a proper note, or borrowing someone else's idea without a proper note is plagiarism. This is not acceptable will result in a zero grade on the paper in question. If you assume that I will not be able to tell the difference, you will run a serious risk of getting caught. Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University, and the University’s Academic Integrity Policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty are required to report all infractions to the office of Judicial Affairs. For the complete university policy go to:
If you have questions about what constitutes plagiarism, read Turabian (pp. 78-82 in the latest edition), see: or contact the instructor.

  1. Class Participation: Students are expected to attend class regularly, arrive on time, and be active learners by asking questions and participating in class discussions, which, as indicated above, are regularly scheduled and will focus particularly on the readings and images in the sources book. The discussions will provide useful background for the writing assignments. The instructor's evaluation of class discussion participation will count for ten percent of the final grade. Participation will be assessed by full credit for active participation, partial credit for passive participation, and no-credit for non-participation. Roll will be taken at the beginning of each class and students who arrive late are responsible for making their presence known to the instructor at the end of the class. Otherwise they will be marked absent.

The keys to success in this course are: 1) keep up with the assigned readings and take notes, 2) attend class regularly, participate, and take notes, 3) prepare for the quizzes and exams using those notes, and 4) get started early on the writing assignments so you are not caught up in a last minute rush to finish them.

LATE PAPERS AND MISSED QUIZZES AND EXAMS: There will be no make up of quizzes under any circumstance. The mid-term exam may be made up IF the student has a legitimate excuse and IF the instructor is notified of the reason for the absence in timely fashion. Late papers will be accepted, but will be marked down one point for each calendar day the paper is late. No papers will be accepted after the final day of class, however, so the final paper must be turned in on time. All students are expected to be present on the final exam day. Incompletes will be given only for extraordinary reasons.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES: The use of laptop computers or other electronic devices in class is prohibited. Students are expected to put away cell phones and like devices during the class. Electronic devices are distracting to other students as well as to their users.
STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR: The class begins at 9 a.m. While it is understandable that circumstances may occasionally cause late arrival, repeatedly coming to class late is unacceptable. If you do come late, show respect for the instructor and consideration for your fellow students by entering as quietly as possible through the back door.
If you know that you must leave class early for some compelling reason, explain the situation to the instructor BEFORE the class starts.
Otherwise, sudden illness or personal emergencies are the ONLY acceptable reasons for leaving in the middle of class. Go to the rest room BEFORE coming to class. If you must leave class, do so as quietly as possible and close the door quietly when you exit and return. During an examination do not leave the room without asking the instructor's permission.
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practice. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE. “If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with The Accessible Education Center (AEC) (924-6000, located in ADM 110) as soon as possible. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities register with AEC to establish a record of their disability.”

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