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GENT 414 and 14: Between the Wars (1918-1945)

[The course is a look at the period between, leading up to, and including World War II. It examines such topics as Communism and Stalinism and the rise of fascism, the impact of the Great Depression, and cultural responses to the challenges of the period, including radical new kinds of art, literature, and philosophy.]

8:45-9:40 European Art in the Early 20th Century, Gamble   European Art of the early 20th century
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Virginia Woolf and Literary Modernism, Alan

8:45-9:40 US Art in the Early 20th Century, Gamble  Art in the U.S. during the early 20th century
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 The Treaty of Versailles, Najm   

8:45-9:40 Existentialism and Jean-Paul Sartre, Stephanie 

9:40-9:55 Break

9:55-10:50 Music of Post World War I (1920-1945), Alan   

8:45-9:40 Simone de Beauvoir, Stephanie   
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Birth of the Modern Middle East, Najm  

8:45-9:40 Mexican Art in the Early 20th Century, Gamble   Mexico in the early 20th century
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Henry Miller, Alan 

8:45-9:40 Surrealism, Stephanie   
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50Tensions after WWI and the Great Depression, Najm   

8:45-9:40 George Orwell, Alan   
9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 The Road to World War II, Najm  

8:45-9:40 Dialogue, Team

9:40-9:55 Break
9:55-10:50 Exam for Students Taking for Credit


Mar 26 2024 - Apr 18 2024
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Najm Akbar

I am Muhammad Najm Akbar. Call me Najm.
Born in Multan, Pakistan, I had my initial education there.
In the United States, I have graduated twice from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA 1995 and MALD, 2011, and have a graduate degree in History from Fresno State, 2022. Middlebury awarded me an MA in Teaching of Foreign Language, in 2009.

Alia and I have lived In Monterey since 2005. Our children are married and engaged in their professional lives in New York.

Our biggest delight is our two granddaughters, the eldest turns four soon, and the youngest is about a year and a half old.

I remained part of the Pakistan Foreign Service for two decades and at the Defense Language Institute taught Urdu for thirteen years until 2018.

I joined the MPC pool of adjunct history instructors in 2022 and have taught courses in Gentrain, World History, US History, and History of World Religions. 

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