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Hobart, Launceston


From the trenches of the First World War to the end of the Second World War, this unit explores global history through the lens of an ‘Age of Catastrophe’. The first half of the twentieth century was an age convulsed by total war, economic depression, nationalism, militarism, ideological conflict, totalitarianism, political violence and genocide. In this unit we engage in historical debates and controversies, and explore the everyday lived experiences of ordinary people in an age of extraordinary change, dislocation and collective trauma. Topics may include the legacy of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression in America, Nazi Germany, Stalinism, the rise of Imperial Japan, the Second World War in Europe and the Pacific, Hiroshima and the Holocaust.

Summary 2021

Unit name The Age of Catastrophe 1914–1945
Unit code HTA232
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Dr Gavin Daly

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the nature of regional and global conflicts and upheaval during the first half of the 20th century.
  2. Apply skills in historical research, analysis, interpretation and argument to study of the ‘Age of Catastrophe’.
  3. Communicate with clarity and according to the conventions of the discipline of History.



Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HTA211 and HTA311


Teaching Pattern

Weekly lecture (2 hours)
Weekly tutorial (1 hour)


Task 1: Tutorial Reading Quizzes (15%)

Task 2: 600 word assignment (15%)

Task 3: Research Essay, 2500 words (40%)

Task 4: Take-Home Exam (30%)

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