Spring 2018 - HIST 223 D100

Early Modern Europe, 1500-1789 (3)

Class Number: 3297

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    RCB 6206, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Hilmar Pabel
    1 778 782-5816
    Office: AQ #6230



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), also offered in the spring semester of 2018. You may take these two courses together.  Hist. 223 will also prepare you for Hist. 336 (Ideas and Society in Early Modern Europe), which will be taught in the fall semester of 2018.  Hist. 223 is a course prerequisite for Hist. 439 (Catholicism in Early Modern Europe), scheduled for the spring semester of 2019.


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 (5 x 5%) 25%
  • First Essay 20%
  • Bibliography Assignment 20%
  • Second Essay 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).

We will use Canvas in several ways.  You can download a Canvas app for your devices.

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