UNC-Chapel Hill HIST 1102 - History 1102 Syllabus (7 pages)

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Hist 1102 - The “Idea of Europe”. Concepts behind European Integration

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History 1102 The Idea of Europe Concepts behind European Integration Spring Term 2005 MW 3 4 15pm CL 239 Gregor Thum DAAD visiting assistant professor 3902 Posvar Hall Tel 412 648 7435 grt2 pitt edu Office Hours Mon 5 6 pm Wed 10 11 am or by appointment The course introduces the idea of Europe in the 20th century the hope to overcome the selfdestructive wars among European nations and to stop Europe s economic decline by creating a commonwealth of European states In the first half of the 20th century a United States of Europe seemed naive but in the aftermath of World War II and under the impact of the Cold War the European idea led to the most successful regional integration in the world This course deals with the history of European integration and the different often conflicting ideas behind this complicated process Unlike most books and courses on the topic this course will also take the developments and experiences of the first half of the 20th century into consideration Besides giving an overview of the ideas and political decisions since 1914 that eventually led to the emergence of the European Union special attention will be paid to the problem of identity Does the EU forge a common European identity among its citizens and what does it look like What are the means used by the EU and European intellectuals to create such an identity Should we talk about a European nation building process comparable to the nation buildings of the 19th century How are the borders of Europe defined who is included and who is excluded What consequences might this identity building have for the future relations with non European states like the USA The course is organized around lectures readings and discussions with a strong emphasis on discussion The reading list consists of two textbooks and additional articles and documents that can be downloaded from the PITTCat Course Reserve Students are expected to fulfill the reading assignments and should be prepared to discuss them in



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