Summer 2015 - HIST 224 D100

Europe from the French Revolution to the First World War (3)

Class Number: 3569

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby



A survey of European history emphasizing the French Revolution, and Napoleonic Europe and first Industrial Revolution, liberalism and its opponents, agrarian conservatism, liberalism and conservatism, the Revolutions of 1848, the struggles for political unification, the second Industrial Revolution and the origins of the First World War. Breadth-Humanities.


Europe’s Long 19th Century: The Fading of Empires and the Building of Nations

The political map of Europe changed dramatically in the years between 1800 and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Old regimes faced spirited challenges from emerging nations. Revolutionary ideas challenged traditional claims to legitimacy. The outlines of this story are well known. Yet usually when this story is related, the focus is on Europe’s west. In contrast, this course will emphasize how the same developments unfolded in the large multiethnic empires that dominated most of the European landmass, and particularly the east and the southeast. These empires – the Habsburg, the Russian, and the Ottoman – all collapsed before the end of the First World War. They were weakened, and in the Ottoman case, substantially disintegrated during the preceding century and a half. And yet these empires experienced notable victories as well as setbacks, and for a time they were not too frail to resist and withstand the challenges of modernity. We will analyze how these empires, which had existed for centuries prior to their decline, responded to the mounting challenges of nationalism, liberalism, radicalism, industrialization, and globalization.



  • Tutorial participation 15%
  • First essay test 30%
  • Second essay test 30%
  • Essays & written exercises 25%
  • There will be two in-class examinations and four short written assignments (two in-class exercises and two take-home mini-essays). Each of the exams will be worth 30% of your grade. The short written exercises will account for another 25%. The last 15% of the course grade will be based on in-class and tutorial participation



Robert Gildea, Barricades and Borders: Europe 1800-1914. Oxford UP, 2003.

Leo Tolstoy, Hadji Murat

Mark Mazower, The Balkans: A Short History. Modern Library, 2002.

Joseph Roth, The Emperor’s Tomb. Overlook Press, 2002.

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