Spring 2019 - HIST 106 D900

The Making of Modern Europe (3)

Class Number: 3800

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SUR 2750, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SUR 3090, Surrey

  • Instructor:

    Niall Mackenzie



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


We are going to examine the main themes in European history from the seventeenth century to yesterday's headlines, including:  state consolidation and imperialism;  Enlightenment and secularization;  industrialization and urbanization;  nationalism, liberalism, socialism, communism, and fascism;  genocide;  decolonization;  immigration;  climate change;  and the evolution of the European Union.

Tutorials will focus on key primary sources, allowing students to familiarize themselves with some of the different methods of interpretation, and with some of the competing criteria for evaluating evidence, which make historical enquiry an exciting and dynamic enterprise.

Two essay assignments will sharpen students' skills in research and argumentative writing.


  • Attendance, tutorial participation, and reading quizzes 20%
  • First paper 15%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Second paper 20%
  • Final exam 25%



Joshua Cole and Carol Symes, Western Civilizations:  Their History & Their Culture, 19th ed., vol. 2 (New York:  Norton, 2017) 978-0393614329

Further readings will be made available on Canvas.

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