| Europe: Napoleon to the Present
H104 | 2575 | Diehl
MW 1:25P-2:15P WH101
Above section open to freshmen and sophomores only. Above section carries
Culture Studies credit. Students must enroll in a discussion section.
It was on the continent of Europe that modern industrial society first
appeared, and European ideas, inventions, and wars have reshaped the face
of the entire world. An understanding of the history of the great
transformations which have occurred in Europe since 1815 is essential to
anyone who wishes to comprehend the world of the 1990's.
H104 will trace the course of these transformations and provide the basis
for a deeper understanding of contemporary events. During the semester we
will explore and analyze the change of European society from the
pre-industrial world of peasants and aristocrats to a world of modern
industry and technology. We will observe the success of European economic
growth and national expansion. We will also explore the failure to
maintain peace and social harmony, as manifested in the two world wars and
the rise of communism and fascism. Throughout the course we will try to
demonstrate the role played by ordinary people in these events.
Readings and lectures will be supplemented by weekly discussion sections
in which students will be able to respond to the material presented during
the week's readings and to seek clarification of issues. During the first
half of the course there will be a simulation in which students will be
able to experience directly the kinds of options faced by Europeans of
different classes during the difficult transformation from a traditional
to an industrial society.
There will be three examinations during the semester; each will count for
one quarter of the course grade. The exams will consist of two parts: an
essay question, which will count for 2/3 of the exam's grade, and three
short-answer identifications, which will provide the remaining 1/3 of the
exam grade. The remaining quarter of the course grade will be based on
work in the discussion sections.