HIS11: History of Europe since 1945

States and people from division to integration

Dates and times: Summer 2023, Mondays & Thursdays, 1–2 pm GMT.
Enrol by 31 May 2023.

Spring 2023: Earned the Certificate of Achievement for the History Course "History of Europe since 1945: States and People from Division to Integration" instructed by Dr Emmanuel Comte. Through 12 weeks of 1-hour lectures and 1-hour discussion seminars, with a culminating research work as final examination, honed my knowledge and skills in the subject area. URL: https://www.emmanuel-comte.eu/his11-europe-since-1945/.

Course description: As the raging war in Ukraine has led to the largest movement of populations in Europe since 1945, this course explores the impact of both state rivalries and population movements on the shaping of modern Europe. The course is divided into three sections that cover the division of Europe following World War II, the formation of the European Union, and the end of the Cold War with the unification of Europe. In the first section, learners will delve into the occupation of the continent, the beginning of the Cold War, and the rise of socialism in Eastern Europe. They will also study the growth and integration of Western Europe and the formation of the Iron Curtain. The second section of the course focuses on the formation of the European Union, as well as East-West diplomatic initiatives. In the final section, learners will examine the collapse of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany, and the EU’s eastern enlargements. Upon completion of the course, learners will have gained a deep understanding of the dynamics of European history since the end of World War II. They will also have developed research skills and the ability to draw personal conclusions based on primary source material and historiography.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in this course requires basic knowledge of European history, which can be demonstrated through prior achievements.

HIS11- Europe since 1945


‘Professor [Comte] is very precise in his points and arguments on the subject at hand week by week. Very helpful, and willing to answer any and all questions. [I] really enjoyed course in the structure he presented it in.’Student from Berkeley.

‘I think Professor Comte is an outstanding instructor. He is clear and articulate with all his points.’Student from Berkeley.