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HIST1001.4: Decline of Empire

European empires unravelled after the World Wars, often with great bloodshed. Yet, the West retains informal empires to this day.

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Truck convoy moving through the Negev in Operation Horev, 1948
  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

This is the fourth and final course in the HIST1001: Europe and the World program. In our final three weeks, you’ll answer the question of why did European empires decline after the Second World War? And, what are the legacies of Europe’s imperial past?

The HIST1001 program explores the troubled and complex history of European encounters with the wider world, from the ‘discovery’ of the Americas in 1492 to the present. It investigates the people, events, myths, and ideas that have shaped European and world history.

What topics will you cover?

Please see the HIST1001: Europe and the World course handbook for more detail.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the main themes of Europe's encounters and interactions with the wider world.
  • Critically evaluate relevant primary and secondary sources.
  • Apply basic historical research and information literacy skills.
  • Communicate clear and concise arguments in written form relevant to the history discipline.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of European history. You must have completed the previous three courses in the HIST1001 program to enrol.

Who will you learn with?

Hi, I'm Sacha Davis. I'm a lecturer in modern European history at UON. My own research focuses on Central Europe, minorities and the nation-state.

I look forward to getting to know you in this course!

Who developed the course?

The University of Newcastle Australia

The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and 173rd in the world (QS rankings, 2024).

  • Established

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 180Source: QS World University Rankings 2024

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