Economic History to the Industrial Revolution

History 159A

Spring 2013
Day & Time: 
MW 4-530P

This course focuses on the forces that produced that change or were inextricably connected with it--industrialism, liberalism, nationalism, urbanization, the revolution in the technology of warfare, the unprecedented increase in population, and the spectacular expansion of Europe to the four corners of the earth. At the same time it addresses the landmark events that took place in the countries of themselves-the downfall of Napoleon, the Paris Commune, and the Dreyfus affair in France; the constitutional conflict of 1861, the war with the Catholic church (Kulterkampf), and the rise of socialism in Prussia/Germany; the revolutions of 1848, the struggle with the Hungarians, and the riveting series of family scandals that nearly brought the the Habsburg monarchy of Austria-Hungary to the ground and drove the crown prince to suicide in 1889; the rise of Pan Slavism, the murder of the tsar Alexander II, and the revolution of 1905 in Russia. These events shaped the history of the countries in which they occurred.  This course deals with them in the last age when Europe was the center of the world.    

Course Books

Economy of Europe in an Age of Crisis by de Vries, Jan Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 052129050-3 pb Required