CONTEMPORARY HISTORY (Professor José Miguel Sardica and Professor Jorge Santos Alves)
The discipline of Contemporary History I encompass a time-span situated between c. 1900 and 1945. The starting point is Europe and the world at the beginning of the 20th century, with emphasis on Eurocentrism, imperialism and the creation of new blocks of alliances and diplomatic tensions, leading to the outbreak of the First World War.
World War I will be analyzed as a breakthrough phenomenon that ignited the era of dictatorships and the end of liberal civilization. The Russian revolution and the formation and consolidation of Soviet communism are treated as a singular response in the European context, albeit influencing the course of political regimes in the West.
The "Roaring Twenties," the Great Depression and the New Deal will be studied within the framework of American exceptionality. Lastly, the Spanish Civil War and the European and global tensions of the 1930s will be contextualized as preludes to World War II.
CONTEMPORARY HISTORY (Professor Marília Santos)
Objectives: To identify the thematic challenges in the concept of nation. To stimulate critical reflection on relevant historical phenomena for the development of national and international history in the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th-century. To use information and knowledge sources properly.