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Bleg: Films And Articles For A Post-1945 World History Course

January 10, 2012


This spring I’m teaching a Post-1945 (“Contemporary”) World History course. It’s a sophomore-junior-level entity, and the five books I’ve selected will hopefully address their peculiar mix of knowledge, skills, and interests:

(a) Peter N. Stearns, World History: The Basics (Routledge, 2011).
(b) Manfred B. Steger, Globalization: A Very Short Introduction, (Oxford University Press, 2009).
(c) Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991 (New York: Vintage, 1996).
(d) Ferguson, Maier, Manela, Sargent, The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (Harvard Belknap, 2010).
(e) Richard C. Longworth, Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism (Bloomsbury, 2007).

Thus far I’ve selected three films (all of which I’ve taught before):

(a) Gandhi (1982)
(b) The Last Emperor (1987)
(c) The Lives of Others (2006)

I have room for two others, and would happily entertain suggestions for replacing those already on the syllabus. The only non-negotiable is The Lives of Others. I’m open to both documentary and feature films.

Finally, I’d like some suggestions for articles. Right now I’m book heavy. – TL

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