Modern Europe Since 1789 (HIST*2510) | College of Arts

Modern Europe Since 1789 (HIST*2510)

Code and section: HIST*2510*01

Term: Fall 2021

Instructor: William Cormack


Course Synopsis:

This course is an introduction to the history of modern Europe. We will explore the beginnings of modernity in the political upheavals of the French Revolution, the economic and social transformations effected by industrialization, and the rise of nationalism and 19th-century ideologies.  We will then examine the crises of the 20th century, including the Great War, the Russian Revolution, the rise of fascism, and World War II.  Finally we will consider post-war developments pointing towards the emergence of contemporary Europe.

Course Format: 

The course is planned for on-campus face-to-face, with two lectures and one seminar (one for each Section) per week.

Assignments & Means of Evaluation:

First assignment 10%
Mid-term exam 15%
Research Essay 25%
Seminar participation 15%
Final exam 35%

Required Textbooks

John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe: Vol. II, 4th Ed., (New York: W.W. Norton, 2019)

Marvin Perry, ed., Sources of the Western Tradition: Vol. II, 10th Ed., (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2018)

**Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.**