Salar Mohandesi

Assistant Professor of History

Teaching this semester

HIST 1026. Revolutions in the Twentieth Century

The twentieth century was the great age of revolt. Dramatic social, political, and economic changes sparked revolutions across the globe. Examines revolution as a historical process, political event, and theoretical concept, exploring such questions as: why revolutions started; who participated; what participants wanted; and if these revolutions succeeded. To address these questions, investigates some of the major revolutions of the last century. Cases may include the Bolshevik Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, the Algerian War of Independence, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China, and the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Concludes by reflecting on the utility of “revolution” as a category of historical analysis. This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Europe.

HIST 2017. Postwar Europe: 1945 to the Present

When the Second World War finally came to a close in 1945, an estimated 36.5 million Europeans lay dead, many of Europe’s cities were burned out, economies were left in disarray, and refugee camps brimmed with displaced persons. How did Europe rebuild after this unprecedented cataclysm? Explores the history of Europe—from Great Britain to the Soviet Union, Greece to Scandinavia—from the end of the war to the present. Investigates such themes as the origins of the Cold War, the construction of socialism in the East, the reconstruction of capitalism in the West, decolonization, the postwar economic “miracle,” the social struggles of the 1960s and 1970s, the rise of neoliberalism, the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, the emergence of the European Union, and the contemporary political conjuncture. This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Europe.

Salar Mohandesi is a historian of modern Europe from a global perspective. His research focuses on the transnational history of ideas, social movements, and political cultures in the wider context of war, revolution, and imperialism. He is especially interested in political theory, twentieth-century social movements, imperialism and anti-imperialism, and the global 1960s and 1970s. His current book project, tentatively titled From Anti-Imperialism to Human Rights, traces the history of transnational anti-Vietnam War activism in France and the United States from the early 1960s to the late 1970s in order to explain how and why human rights displaced anti-imperialism as a dominant form of internationalism.

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Education

  • BA, Literary & Cultural Studies and History, College of William and Mary
  • MA, History, University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD, History, University of Pennsylvania

Publications

Edited Volumes:

Voices of 1968: Documents from the Global North (London: Pluto Press, 2018) (with Laurence Cox and Bjarke Skærlund Risager).

Articles: 

“Bringing Vietnam Home: The Vietnam War, Internationalism, and May ’68,” French Historical Studies 41, no. 2 (April 2018): 219-51.

“‘Becoming one with the people’: l’établi américain hier et aujourd’hui,” Les Temps modernes nos. 684-685 (July-October 2015): 120-46.

“Class Consciousness or Class Composition?” Science and Society 77, no. 1 (January 2013): 72-97.

Book Chapter:

“Without Reserves,” in Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentring Oppression, ed. Tithi Bhattacharya (London: Pluto Press, 2017). (with Emma Teitelman)

Courses

Fascism

The Vietnam Wars

The Global Cold War

Revolutions in the 20th Century

Postwar Europe: 1945 to the Present

The Transatlantic Sixties and Seventies