Recently, I sat down with Jim Logan at University of California, Santa Barbara’s news and announcements blog, The Current, to discuss my current summer course, “Interwar Crisis: Europe, 1918-1939.” We talked about my motivations for teaching this particular course, especially in light of recent events in Europe and the United States, as well as my experimental course blog which, as he aptly phrases it, “lets students learn — and teach — about Europe’s interwar decades (1918-1939)”.
The following is an excerpt from Logan’s article:
“A rise in authoritarians. Political instability. Forcible annexation of territories. Desperate refugees. A sense of decline in the West. That’s not a litany of today’s sociopolitical drama but some of the crises that roiled Europe between two world wars.
It’s an era — known as the interwar period — that Brian J. Griffith knows well. A Ph.D. candidate in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of History, he studies modern Italian history, fascism and Europe in the runup to World War II. He doesn’t like what he sees today.
‘What I worry about in looking out at the world today is the annexation of Crimea [by Russia], the pulling out of the U.N. Human Rights Council by the United States, the detention centers on the border — these are all interwar patterns that do not point in the right direction,’ Griffith explained. ‘I want my students to see those parallels because they’re going to go out into the world after college to be civic leaders, members of the private sector, maybe even diplomatic figures of some kind, and I want them to learn the lessons of the interwar period.'”
To read more, please use the following URL: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2018/019113/echoes-turbulent-era/