The Long Nineteenth Century

History 275B.003

Fall 2005
233 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tu 12-2

This course is designed to introduce students to some of the main themes of European history from the French Revolution through the First World War. Students will be asked to use Eric Hobsbawm's trilogy (The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, the Age of Empire) as the texts of reference; successive weeks will address the revolutions of 1789 and 1848, the emergence of class conflict and consciousness, socialism, nationalism, imperialism, the fin de siËcle, popular religion, prostitution, the changing nature of political cultures, violence, and the First World War. Readings will include both important secondary sources such as E.P.Thompson's Making of the English Working Class and Schorske's Fin de SiËcle Vienna, and selected primary sources such as Hobson's Imperialism and Karl Marx on 1848. Written assignments will include 2 five page papers and a longer review essay on a pertinent subject of the student's choosing.