HISTORY 4983.01

Social Sciences Seminar:

Europe Between the Wars, 1919-1939

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Mon,Wed,Fri, WPN 241

Spring 2002


Instructor:  Dr. Jan Jenkins

Office: WPN 267;

Office Phone: 479-968-0456

Office Hours:  MWF 9:00-11:00 A.M.;

                          MW  1:30-3:00 P.M.;

                          TR     1:00-3:00 P.M.                                             

                         Or by appointment

Office e-mail:  jan.jenkins@mail.atu.edu

(please do not use e-mail for absentee excuses)

COURSE – Political, social, intellectual, and cultural history of Europe from the end of World War I to the beginning of World War II. 


Friedrich, Otto.  Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s, 1995.

Large, David Clay.  Between Two Fires: Europe’s Path in the 1930s, 1991.

Two books selected for individual review.  Reading lists will be provided.


Rosenbaum, Ron.  Explaining Hitler : The Search for the Origins of his Evil, 1998.

Turner, Henry Ashby.  German Big Business and the Rise of Hitler, 1985.

Rose, Kenneth.  King George V, 1984.

Preston, Paul.   Franco : A Biography, 1994.

Cogan, Charles.  Charles de Gaulle : A Brief Biography with Documents, 1996.

Dilks, David.  Neville Chamberlain, 1984.


To provide information which will enable you to acquire knowledge of history and the historical context for world events and to recognize the interdependent nature of global economic, political, and social institutions and systems.

To encourage you to develop your individual interests in history.

To foster specific skills, as follows:

A.  Reading Skills - by requiring a text and supplemental reading materials.

B.  Writing Skills - by assisting you to write clear, informative, and analytical book reviews and            answers to essay questions on exams.

C.  Listening Skills - through class lectures, group discussions, and multimedia presentations.

D.  Speaking Skills - by scheduling class presentations and encouraging you to     participate in class             discussions.

 SCHEDULE - Test dates (except Final) may be changed at my discretion.  You will receive adequate notice of any change.

 ¨         Review 1 – Wednesday, February 6

¨         Exam 1 –  Friday, March 8

            Spring Break – March 18 - 22

            Last day to drop course with “W” – March 29

¨         Review 2 – Wednesday, April 10

            Last day to drop course with “Wp” or “Wf” – April 19

¨         Exam 2 – Final exams – May 6 -10



Attendance is required and is worth 100 possible points on your final grade.  You will begin the semester with 100 points for attendance, and 10 points will be deducted for each unexcused absence after the first one.  Excuses must be presented within one week of your return to class.


Grading will follow a ten-point scale (90% = A, etc.), based upon your percentage of total possible points for the semester.  Each review and exam will be worth 100 points.  Attendance is worth 100 points.  In addition, you may occasionally be given a short assignment (10-50 points each) based upon lecture notes or assigned readings. 


Cheating or plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the course.



Tape recorders may be used in class, BUT ONLY TO SUPPLEMENT YOUR CLASS NOTES.  Please try to use recorders quietly and without distracting those around you.


A single comprehensive make-up exam will be scheduled toward the end of the semester for students who have presented valid, verifiable excuses for having missed regularly-scheduled exams.


Any opportunities for extra credit, to a maximum of 30 points, will be announced in class.  Extra credit is only available for pre-approved activities and will be added to accumulated point totals at the END OF THE SEMESTER, after all regular assignments have been completed.


A student who drops a course through March 20 will receive a grade of “W.”  A student dropping a course after that date and through April 19 will receive a grade of “Wp” if passing or a grade of “Wf” if failing.

SCHEDULE OF READINGS Please note that assigned readings must be completed for class on the dates shown. Additional readings may be announced in class.

Jan. 18 – Friedrich, Ch. I, II (pp.   1-  35)

Jan. 23 –        “       , Ch III      (pp.  36- 57)

Jan. 25 –        “       , Ch IV   (pp.  58- 78)

Jan. 28 –        “       , Ch V    (pp.  79- 97)

Jan. 30 –        “       , Ch VI   (pp.  98-119)

Feb.  1 –        “       , Ch VII    (pp.120-144)

Feb.  4 –        “       , Ch VIII   (pp.145-166)

Feb.  6 --  Review 1

Feb.  8 --  Review 1

Feb. 11–         “       , Ch IX   (pp.167-188)

Feb. 13 –        “       , Ch X   (pp.189-211)

Feb. 15 –        “       , Ch XI   (pp.212-240)

Feb. 18 –        “       , Ch XII  (pp.241-272)

Feb. 20 –        “       , Ch XIII (pp.273-299)

Feb. 22 –        “       , Ch XIV (pp.300-329)

Feb. 25 –        “       , Ch XV  (pp.330-350)

Mar.   1 –        “       , Ch XVI (pp.351-377)

Mar.   4 –        “       , Ch XVII (pp.378-392)

Mar.   6 –       

Mar.   8 –  Exam 1      

Mar. 11 –  Large, Introduction, Ch. I (pp.  13 -  58)    

Mar. 15 –     “     , Ch. II   (pp.  59 -100)

Mar. 27 –     “     , Ch. III  (pp.  101-137)

Apr.   1 –     “     , Ch. IV  (pp.  138-179)

Apr.   5 –     “     , Ch. V   (pp.  180-222)

Apr. 10 --  Review 2

Apr. 12 --  Review 2

Apr. 15 –     “     , Ch. VI  (pp.  223-266)

Apr. 19 –     “     , Ch. VII (pp.  267-316)

Apr. 24 –     “     , Ch. VIII (pp.  317-363)

Apr. 30 –     “     , Epilogue (pp.  364-381)




Your book reviews will analyze and critique works of history selected from a readings list, which I will provide.  Each review must be three complete pages, a  typewritten or computer-generated document with one-inch top, bottom, and side margins.  The top of the first page will include the complete bibliographic citation for your book, following the correct, single-spaced form (Turabian or Chicago Manual of Style).  The rest of the book review is to be double-spaced.

 Sample bibliographic citation:

 Johnson, Paul.  The Birth of the Modern:  World Society 1815-1830.  New York:  Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.  1095 pp.


Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the course.  If you have questions, please see me.

 PRINT SIZE - Your print size must be a FONT of 12.  Larger or smaller print is unacceptable.


Your reviews must address each of the following items, though not necessarily in this order:

1.  The author(s) - Who wrote the book?  Has the author written other books?  If so, please give titles and publication dates for at least three of the author’s other works.  What is the author’s educational or career background?  Does the author's background contain anything which might bias or influence the way he views his topic?

2.  General coverage - What is the focus of the book?  Do not get bogged down in your summarization or give a chapter-by-chapter explanation, or you will have difficulty staying within the maximum length of the review.

3.  The thesis of the work - What is the thesis of the book?  Does the work provide any new theories, arguments, or information on the subject?

4.  The author's sources - Did the author use primary materials, secondary materials, or a combination of the two?  Be sure to give at least two examples for each type of source (authors, titles, dates of publication).

5.  The author's conclusions.

6.  Your own conclusions - Does the author prove his thesis or theses?  How useful or valuable is this work?  Is this book for the general reader, or is it more useful for an expert in a specific field?  Either way, please explain and support your opinions.

Book review grades (100 points each) will be determined by your presentation in class, as well as by the written document.  Since book review presentations must be scheduled in advance, it is extremely important that you are present and prepared when it is your turn to review a book for the class.  I will be glad to take a look at rough drafts, if you bring them to my office in advance of their due dates.


If you have questions, please feel free to ask questions in class, drop by my office, or make an appointment.     

Book Review Grade 1                                                          Name ____________________

Dr. Jan Jenkins


Starting Point:   3 pages, 100 percent;

                            2 pages,   66 percent;

                            1 page,     33 percent



            Format as instructed           (10) _____     _________________________


            Author information                 (10) _____     _________________________


            Source information               (20) _____     _________________________


            General Coverage                (20) _____     _________________________


            Author’s Conclusions            (10) _____     _________________________


            Reader’s Conclusions          (10) _____     _________________________


            Typing, Proof-reading           (10) _____     _________________________


            Mechanics                             (10) _____     _________________________



                                                 GRADE _______


Additional comments ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Book Review Grade 2                                                          Name ____________________

Dr. Jan Jenkins


Starting Point:   3 pages, 100 percent;

                            2 pages,   66 percent;

                            1 page,     33 percent



            Format as instructed (10) _____     _________________________


            Author information                 (10) _____     _________________________


            Source information               (20) _____     _________________________


            General Coverage                (20) _____     _________________________


            Author’s Conclusions            (10) _____     _________________________


            Reader’s Conclusions          (10) _____     _________________________


            Typing, Proof-reading           (10) _____     _________________________


            Mechanics                             (10) _____     _________________________



                                                 GRADE _______


Additional comments ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________