History | Europe: Renaissance to Napoleon
H103 | 6546 | Sheehan

Above section open to Education majors only
Above section carries culture studies credit

This course explores the genesis of the modern world in the enormous
upheavals of early modern Europe. The shattering of Christianity,
the blood-letting of nearly two centuries of religious war, the
emergence of modern nations, the overthrow of aristocratic
governments, the explosion of modern science, politics,
technologies, and economies: these were just a few of the epochal
events that made the period from 1500 to 1800 one of the most
interesting in the history of the west. Materials for the course
will focus on primary texts: readings will include Machiavelli,
Erasmus, Luther, Copernicus, Galileo, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson
and others. Art, literature, and film will all be important parts of
the course as well.