Monday, September 20, 2021
HIS 105 Course Information

Dr. Robert Genter                                                       Email:           

Department of History                                                Office: G230

Nassau Community College                                       Office Hours: M/W 11:15-12:30

FALL 2011                                                                                       





Course Description: With a focus on global history since 1945, this course is designed to give students an understanding of the world they live in, how it was born out of the past, and how it is creating the future. Recent international conflicts, social change and expectations of the future are explored in the framework of the nuclear age.


Required Text:

Wayne McWilliams and Harry Piotrowski, The World Since 1945: A History of International Relations, Seventh Edition (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 2009)


Course Rules and Requirements:

  • Classroom Etiquette: All students are required to attend class regularly, to show up on time, and to remain for the entire period. Attendance will be taken every class. Any student missing more than three classes will have his or her grade lowered. Any student missing more than six classes will be automatically dropped from the course – no exceptions. All electronic devices must be silenced. Students who engage in disruptive behavior (excessive talking, text messaging, sleeping, etc.) will be asked to leave. I reserve the right to dismiss from the course any student who continuously repeats such disruptive behavior. Similarly, repeated lateness to class (10 minutes or more) will not be tolerated. Three late arrivals count as one absence.
  • Reading Assignments: Students are expected to do ALL the required readings by the assigned dates and be prepared to discuss them in class. NOTE: Readings must be completed by the beginning of the week.


Graded Assignments:

Your final course grade will be based upon the following assignments and in accordance with the following grade scale:

  • Midterm Exam (35%).
  • Final Exam (35%).
  • 6 In-Class Quizzes (30%). The quizzes will be based upon the assigned readings and classroom lectures. The quizzes will be announced at least one class before. I will drop your lowest quiz grade (and therefore only count 5 quizzes). You are responsible for any missed quizzes.


Schedule of Reading and Classroom Assignments:

Sept. 1: Introduction


Sept. 6-8: The Origins of the Cold War

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 1 and 2


Sept. 13-15: The Cold War in Asia

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 3 and 4


Sept. 20-22: Decolonization Across the Globe

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 5 and 6


Sept. 27: The Arab-Israeli Conflict

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 7


Sept. 29: No Class—Rosh Hashanah


Oct. 4-6: The Communist World after Stalin

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 8


Oct. 11-13: The Vietnam War and the Rise of Détente

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 9 and 10


Oct. 18-20: The Problem of the Developing World

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 11


Oct. 25: **MIDTERM EXAM**


Oct. 27-Nov. 1: The Crisis in Africa

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 12


Nov. 3-10: Development in Latin America

            Reading: Chapter 13


Nov. 8: No Class (follows Friday schedule)


Nov. 15-17: Political Upheavals in Asia

            Reading: Chapter 14 and 15


Nov. 22: The Globalization of the Economy

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 16 and 17


Nov. 24: No Class (Thanksgiving)


Nov. 29-Dec. 1: The Fall of the Soviet Union

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 18 and 19


Dec. 6-8: The Rise of Political Islam

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 20


Dec. 13-15: September 11th and Its Consequences

            Reading: McWilliams, Chapter 21 and 22


Dec. 20: **FINAL EXAM**


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