Summer 2019 - HIST 223 D100

Early Modern Europe, 1500-1789 (3)

Class Number: 4347

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    EDB 9651, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Hilmar Pabel
    1 778 782-5816
    Office: AQ 6230



A survey of early modern European history which will examine, among other topics, the wars of religion, the 17th century revolutions, 16th and 17th century economic development, the scientific revolution, the enlightenment and the political and social character of the old regime. Breadth-Humanities.


Transitions are exciting and challenging.  From the eve of the Protestant Reformation to the eve of the French Revolution Europeans experienced many transformative changes.  They participated in or endured religious and cultural innovations, political and social conflict, and economic opportunity and crisis. The early modern period in European history was a time of crucial transitions.    We shall begin by seeing if the term “early modern” is appropriate for this period.  Next, we shall discover the relevance of religious, social, and political rituals for Europeans.  Finally, we shall consider if evidence from the eighteenth century points to the demise of the prevailing social system and to the beginnings of modern Europe.  Through the online databases of the SFU library catalogue students will construct a bibliography in response to a specific question of historical research about early modern Europe.

Hist. 223 will prepare you for Hist. 320 (European Reformation), Hist. 321 (State and Society in Early Modern Europe), and Hist. 336 (Ideas and Society in Early Modern Europe).  It is a course prerequisite for Hist. 439 (Catholicism in Early Modern Europe).

We will use Canvas in several ways. Please become familiar with Canvas and check the HIST223 course page on Canvas regularly. (You can download a Canvas app for your devices.)


The course requirements of History 223 will help you achieve the educational goals of undergraduate courses in the Department of History.  In particular, by the end of the course you will be able to

  • to identify the principal historical developments of early modern Europe
  • to apply a knowledge of these developments in assessing historical interpretations of early modern Europe
  • to organize a research plan in the form of an annotated and appropriately formatted bibliography in response to an historical question about one aspect of early modern Europe.


  • Participation 10%
  • Five quizzes - 5 x 5% (22 May, 5 June, 19 June, 17 July, 31 July) 25%
  • First Essay (1000 words, due 21 June) 20%
  • Bibliography Assignment (due 12 July) 20%
  • Second Essay (1500 words, due 2 August) 25%
  • Dates are tentative



Euan Cameron, ed., Early Modern Europe.

Edward Muir, Ritual in Early Modern Europe, 2nd edition.

Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre (2009 reprint or any previous edition).

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