Spring 2016 - HIST 106 D900

The Making of Modern Europe (3)

Class Number: 4189

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SUR 5080, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2016
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SUR 3090, Surrey



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


This course surveys the history of Modern Europe from the 1700s to the present day. It examines the individuals, events, and historical forces that transformed European culture and society in the modern era. We will examine the Enlightenment; the emergence of nationalism and the nation-state; the French Revolution; the Industrial Revolution; capitalism; imperialism, socialism; urbanization; fascism; the origins of the world wars; the Russian Revolution; the Cold War; and consumer society and the impact of technology. We will also take time for closer look at primary documents to gain a better sense of how Europeans both interpreted and adapted to the often tumultuous changes to their lives during this period.


The objective of this course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the most significant events, ideas, themes, groups and individuals who shaped the history of the Modern Europe. The course will also give you skills and practice in examining and interpreting primary documents, writing a strong resume, further your communication skills through discussions and formal debates, and introduce you to the fundamentals of biographical writing.

*The evaluation and course schedule are subject to change.


  • Spoken Participation 15%
  • Responses, and In-Class Assignments 5%
  • Top Hat Participation 10%
  • Debates 10%
  • Biography Assignments 35%
  • Final Exam 25%



You will need to purchase the following book from the bookstore. Each chapter provides support for the weekly topics we will discuss and contains primary documents which will usually be the focal point of our weekly tutorials. Featured documents are listed in the course schedule.

Donald Kagan, et al, The Western Heritage, 11th ed., Since 1648 (Toronto: Pearson, 2013).

Additional Handouts and Web-Based sources will be provided.

Registrar Notes:

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