1. Discuss the concept of “contemporary history” proposed by Geoffrey Barraclough’s An Introduction to Contemporary History.
2. Discuss Mark Mazower’s analysis of the challenge to democracy in the 20th century in his Dark Continent.
3. Discuss the impact of Eric Hobsbawm’s marxist views in his history of the 20th century, Age of Extremes.
4. Discuss the role of “conterfactual history” in Joe Lee’s The Shifting Balance of Power.