Fall 2019 - HIST 106 D100

The Making of Modern Europe (3)

Class Number: 4837

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Paul Garfinkel
    1 778 782-4431
    Office: AQ 6233



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


This course provides an introduction to modern European history (1789-present) and the political, social, cultural and intellectual forces that shaped it. Topics will include the causes and consequences of the French Revolution; liberalism, socialism and nationalism; industrialization and urbanization; fascism and communism; world and cold wars; imperialism and decolonization; the collapse of the Soviet Union; and the evolution of the European Union. Special emphasis will be given to social and cultural changes over time. To gain a clear understanding of the modern era in Europe, students will read a variety of primary sources. They will also develop basic skills of historical thinking, interpretive analysis and argumentative writing.

Note: There will be no tutorials during the first week of the semester (3-4 September).


  • Tutorial participation/assignments 20%
  • Primary-source analyses 20%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Final exam 35%



John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe: From the French Revolution to the Present, 4th edition**

**You are strongly encouraged to buy the 4th edition. Should you decide to purchase an earlier edition, you are still responsible for all material covered in the required text.

Tutorial readings will be available online.

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