History | Europe: Napoleon to the Present
H104 | 11787 | Wahrman


Above class open to freshmen, sophomores, and Education
undergraduates only
Above class carries Culture Studies credit

This course provides both an overview of European history in the
past two centuries and an introduction to the multidisciplinary
study of culture, politics, and society. Two hundred years ago, most
Europeans were peasants and most European states were hereditary
monarchies. Today, most Europeans live in cities and Europe’s
governments are, for the most part, parliamentary democracies. Many
of the “isms” that we associate with our own life, often without
thinking too much about their origin or meaning, emerged during this
period, and centrally (if not exclusively) in Europe: democracy,
nationalism, imperialism, liberalism, industrialization,
urbanization, socialism, communism, fascism, revolution, modernity.
This course is thus fundamentally concerned with historical change,
and with how people – individuals, groups, nations – experience such
transformations.

Grades are based on two exams (30% each) and participation in the
discussion class (40%). Students are required to write a short
response paper (1-2 pages) for each discussion class.