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.

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.

A historian of Modern Europe from a global and transnational perspective. His research interests include imperialism and anti-imperialism, the global 1960s and 1970s, twentieth-century social movements, the history of the left, and social and political theory. 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 to explain how and why human rights displaced anti-imperialism as the dominant form of internationalism in the 1970s. His research has appeared in Les Temps modernes, he has a forthcoming article in French Historical Studies, and he also writes for more popular venues. He is the founding editor of Viewpoint Magazine.


  • B.A., William and Mary
  • M.A., Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania


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