European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present

History 5

Fall 2013
145 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-12:30

This course introduces students to European history from around 1500 to the present. During this time, a 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 the competing religious communities, the construction of the modern state, the formation of overseas empires and 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 capitalism, decolonization, and the Cold War and the European Union. Our readings will range from 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. Three hours of lecture and two hours of section (required) per week.

Course Books

Madame Bovary by Flaubert, Gustave Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0140449129 Required
Ordinary Men by Browning, Christopher Harpers. ISBN: 978-0060995065 Required
Textbook packet by Lynn hunt and others Bedford st Martin . ISBN: 9781457681547 Required
Civilization and Its Discontents by Freud, Sigmund Norton. ISBN: 978-0393301588 Required
Ordinary Men by Brown, Christopher Harpers. ISBN: 978-0060995065 Required
The Prince by Machiavelli, Niccolo Penguin. ISBN: 978-0141442259 Required
Communist Manifesto by Marx, Karl Merlin. ISBN: 978-0850364781 Required