Fall 2021 - HIST 106 D100

The Making of Modern Europe (3)

Class Number: 3913

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2021
    Sat, 8:30–11:30 a.m.



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


Description and Objectives:

This course provides an introduction to modern European history (1789-present) and the political, social, and cultural forces that shaped it. The focus of the course will be primarily on broad themes such as liberalism, socialism, nationalism; industrialization, urbanization, the world wars and the cold wars, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the emergence and evolution of the European Union, but it will also try to emphasize the regional diversity and differences within Europe over the past two and a half centuries. Special emphasis will be given to social, economic, and cultural changes over time. Students will develop analytical skills through close readings of a variety of primary historical sources and develop basic skills of historical analysis and evidence-based arguments which they will be expected to employ in their tutorial discussions and writing.

Note: There will be no tutorials during the first week of the semester.


  • Tutorial attendance and participation 15%
  • Primary-source analyses 15%
  • Book reports 20%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Final exam 25%



  1. Lynn Hunt, et al, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures,Vol 2, 4th edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012)
  2. Katharine J. Lualdi,Sources of the Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, Vol 2, 4th edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012)
  3. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (any edition)
  4. Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz (any edition)

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