HST101 The Short Twentieth Century I (8)

This subject explores the major political, social, economic and intellectual developments in world history in the period 1914-45. Topics covered include total war, the Russian Revolution and Soviet Russia, the rise of fascism, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, modernism and the arts, the Great Depression, and anti-colonialism and the decline of imperialism. The subject will also examine a number of methodological issues important to history such as the nature of oral history, the relationship between documentary filmmaking and history, and the nature and function of primary source material.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HST101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to research and appraise a variety of sources and integrate them effectively in support of an argument;
  • be able to find, identify and classify different historical sources;
  • be able to select and assess the major developments in world history in the period 1914-45;
  • be able to compare and contrast historical arguments of secondary sources;
  • be able to describe and analyse various methodological issues related to the practice of history (eg. the nature of oral history; the relationship between documentary filmmaking and history; and the nature of, and difference between, primary and secondary sources); and
  • be able to apply the techniques of formal essay-writing, such as appropriate referencing, paragraphing, expression and tone.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Total war, 1914-45
  • Revolution in Russia and world history, 1917-45
  • Society and politics in the inter-war period
  • The rise of fascism
  • Nazism and the Holocaust
  • The causes of World War II
  • Anti-colonialism and the decline of imperialism


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.