Summer 2019 - HIST 106 D100

The Making of Modern Europe (3)

Class Number: 5566

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2019: Tue, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Hilmar Pabel
    1 778 782-5816
    Office: AQ 6230



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


Why does Europe (still) matter?  To answer this question we shall study the dynamic and often disruptive forces that shaped modern Europe.  Our survey of Europe from the French Revolution to our own times will reveal a continent in conflict.  Europeans propelled, suffered from, and adapted to the social and economic transformations of industrialization.  They embraced and contested ideologies (liberalism, conservatism, socialism, nationalism) that continue to influence political debates in Canada and throughout the world.  They experimented with forms of government that restricted or expanded freedoms—their own and the peoples around the globe subjected to European imperialism.  Wars catastrophically damaged the project of European unity, which remains in question today as the European Union faces challenge after challenge.

Special Note: History 106 will prepare you to examine in greater detail the fascinating history of nineteenth-century Europe (History 224) and twentieth-century Europe (History 225) and will make you wonder what Europe was like before the French Revolution (History 223).


The course requirements of History 106 will help you achieve the educational goals of undergraduate courses in the Department of History.  In particular, by the end of the course you will be able
·         to identify and analyze the principal historical developments that shaped modern Europe
·         to develop and support answers to specific historical questions about modern Europe


  • Tutorial Participation 15%
  • Three tests (4 June, 2 July, 30 July) 3 x 15% 45%
  • First Essay (due on 13 June) 20%
  • Second Essay (due on 1 August) 20%
  • Dates are tentative



John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe, vol. 2: From the French Revolution to the Present, 3rd ed.

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