Spring 2017 - HIST 106 D900

The Making of Modern Europe (3)

Class Number: 3946

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SUR 5140, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2017
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SUR 3170, Surrey



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


Terrorist attacks, Brexit, the rise of xenophobic right-wing political parties, migrant and refugee crises, a stagnant economy, and an aging population.  Those are probably some of the things that come to mind when you mention “Europe” to somebody living in Canada today.  How did things over there get so bad?

In this course, we’ll study the history of Europe (all of it, from the Atlantic Ocean in the West to the Ural Mountains of Russia in the East) over the last five hundred years (that works out to roughly one year per four minutes of class time) in order to understand the forces and the people that have shaped that part of the world.

We’ll start in a world full of knights, peasants, and witch-hunts, and as we start moving towards the present we’ll learn that Europe has always been a meeting place of different civilizations, peoples, and states that have interacted with each other in both destructive and creative ways.


  • Tutorial Participation 10%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Mid-term examination 25%
  • Short paper #1 15%
  • Short paper #2 15%
  • Final examination 25%



Lynn Hunt et al. The Making of the West, Volume 2: Since 1500. Fifth edition.  Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s., 2016.

Katherine Lualdi, ed. Sources of the Making of the West, Volume 2: Since 1500. Fourth edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012.

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