Fall 2015 - HIST 106 D100

The Making of Modern Europe (3)

Class Number: 5840

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: Mon, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2015
    Mon, 12:00–3:00 p.m.



An introduction to the major political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual developments that have formed modern European society. Breadth-Humanities.


This course surveys the historical conditions that shaped European society, culture, and thought from the 1700s to our present time. It explores dramatic changes in the nature of the state, “the self,” media and technology, work, and war among others. Importantly, we will seek a deeper knowledge of how Europeans made sense of their own lives, their origins, and the world around them differently over time in response to these transformations. Topics include the origins and growth of nation-states; the Enlightenment; the French Revolution; colonialism and Empire; Atlantic trade, slavery and the rise of capitalism; urbanization and mass politics; industrialization and class society; the Russian Revolution; liberalism, communism, and fascism; world wars and the twentieth-century nuclear nightmare; the printing press, radio, television and the internet. Students will read primary and secondary sources in order to decipher events and historical contexts and to make plausible, evidence-based arguments about historical change in tutorial discussions and in writing.


  • Tutorial participation 20%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Primary source analyses 20%
  • Final Exam 35%



Lynn Hunt, et al, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, Vol 2, 4th edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012)

Katharine J. Lualdi, Sources of the Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, Vol 2, 4th edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012)

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