43.410 Olympic Games and World's Fairs

Olympic Games and World's Fairs

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37042
Status Active

The course studies Olympic Games and World's Fairs from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. We examine how these international festivals participate in and contribute to six themes in the history of that period: nationalism and internationalism, mechanization of industry, modern architecture and urban planning, consumer culture, racial politics, and the Cold War. Students write brief papers connection these themes and one or more game or fair and a research paper on a relevant topic. Special attention is given to certain icons, like the Crystal Palace, the Eiffel Tower, the Nazi Olympics, and the Mexico City games.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 43.106 The Modern World or the permission of the instructor.