This course introduces students to European history from around 1500 to the present. During this time, small, poor, and fragmented Europe became a world civilization, whose political, cultural, and economic power now touch the four corners of the globe. Our course will ask how and why this happened. How, in other words, did "modernity" become "western," for better and worse? As we cover this half-millennium, we will look at major landmarks in European cultural, intellectual, social, political, and economic development: the Renaissance, the epochal expansion of Europe into the new world, the break-up of Latin Christianity into competing religious communities, the construction of the modern state, the formation of overseas empires, the coming of capitalism, the Scientific Revolution, the French Revolution, liberalism and the industrial Revolution, socialism and the rise of labor, modern colonialism, the world wars, communism and fascism, decolonization, the Cold War, and the European Union. Our readings will include learned treatises in religion, classics in political theory, fiction, and other documents from the past, as well as a textbook. Work in sections centers on reading and discussion of original sources and of lectures, and on the improvement of writing skills.
Mark Sawchuk received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2011. He specializes in nineteenth-century European history. His special interests include political culture, repression and surveillance, and the social history of the intersection of regional and national identities.
|Hard Times by Dickens, Charles||Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0141439679||Required|
|Ordinary Men by Browning, Christopher||Harper Perennial. ISBN: 978-0060995065||Required|
|The Communist Manifesto by Marx, Karl||Bantam Classics. ISBN: 978-0553214062||Required|
|Dora: A Case Study in Hysteria by Freud, Sigmund||Touchstone Books. ISBN: 9780684829463||Required|
|The Prince by Machiavelli, Niccolo||Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0140449150||Required|