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HIS-122 The Contemporary World

3 hours lecture, 3 credits

HIS 122 seeks to place contemporary international affairs within a broad historical and analytical perspective. The course highlights a number of events, trends and themes that have shaped the history of both individual nations and the international system since the end of World War II. Topics to be studied will include the history of the Cold War; decolonization and the struggle of developing nations to gain political and economic stability; the 'rise' of Asia: the Arab-Israeli Conflict; the Islamic resurgence; the collapse of Soviet-style communism and the nature of conflict in the post-Cold War world; the development of the global economy since Bretton Woods; and the relationship between the history of international institutions and world issues since 1945.


  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment.

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