Summer 2016 - HIST 223 D100
Early Modern Europe, 1500-1789 (3)
Class Number: 4730
Delivery Method: In Person
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.
Our purpose in this course is to familiarize ourselves with essential skills in the discipline of history through a comprehensive examination of a significant and substantial period of European history—from the eve of the Protestant Reformation to the eve of the French Revolution, the so-called early modern period.
We shall begin by seeing if the term “early modern” is an appropriate name for the period that we shall study. In approaches of social and cultural history we shall discover the relevance of ritual for Europeans and 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 and by other means students will construct a bibliography in response to a specific question of historical research.
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).
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
The lectures, tutorials, and work requirements of Hist. 223 will help you achieve the following goals:
- 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 (26 May, 7 June, 21 June, 14 July, 2 August) (5 x 5) 25%
- First Essay (due 23 June) 20%
- Bibliography Assignment (due 12 July) 20%
- Second Essay (due 4 August) 25%
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).