History | Europe: Napoleon to the Present
H104 | 2660 | Alter

Above sction open to Education Majors only`
Above section carries Culture Studies Credit

Modern industrial society first appeared on the continent of Europe,
and European ideas, inventions, and conflicts have reshaped the face
of the entire planet.  And understanding of the great transformations
affecting Europe since 1815 is essential for understanding the world
today.  H104  aims to provide such an understanding.  We will explore
the change of European society from a pre-industrial world of
peasants and aristocrats to a world of modern industry and
technology.  We will observe the successes of Europeans in economic
growth and national unification.  We will also explore their failures
in maintaining peace and social harmony, as manifested in two world
wars and the rise of communism and fascism.  Throughout we will
stress the role played by ordinary people in these changes.

Readings and lectures will be supplemented by weekly discussion
sections in which students can respond to the material and seek
clarification of difficult issues.  There will also be a “simulation”
in which students will be able to experience the kinds of choices
faced by ordinary Europeans during the nineteenth century.