Fall 2022 - HIST 224 D100

Europe from the French Revolution to the First World War (3)

Class Number: 4009

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    BLU 10011, Burnaby



A survey of European history emphasizing the French Revolution, and Napoleonic Europe and first Industrial Revolution, liberalism and its opponents, agrarian conservatism, liberalism and conservatism, the Revolutions of 1848, the struggles for political unification, the second Industrial Revolution and the origins of the First World War. Breadth-Humanities.


What makes a century a century? Technically, a century consists of 100 years, but we regularly use periods longer or shorter than this to designate historical eras held together—and pulled in tension—by key transformations and themes. In this survey course, we will explore Europe’s “long nineteenth century” through the study of European and imperial spaces, events, populations, politics, and cultures from the French Revolution of 1789 to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Throughout the term, we will emphasize “Europe” as an idea forged in relationship to other ideas and (often violent) practices, including the building of nations, the hierarchical definition of races, and the development of extractive and exploitative colonialisms across the globe. Taking a broad approach geographically, chronologically, and thematically, we will come at European history during this period via a range of primary and secondary sources, including written and audiovisual materials (literature, art, music, etc.).

Skills we’ll be working on in this course

  • key events, actors & themes: becoming more familiar with the overarching historical narrative (including major historical shifts, figures, and ideas) of what is known as the “long nineteenth century” in Europe, and empire
  • critical reading: understanding and responding to primary source material, scholarly argument, and interpretation
  • visual/media/digital literacy: exploring and learning to use a range of scholarly sources and tools in different media
  • writing: developing skills in different genres while working in stages including free writing, co-writing, drafts, peer response, and revision
  • oral communication +: engaging in group discussion and presentations online via Canvas and in person


  • Course participation 15%
  • Quizzes 20%
  • Midterm Assignment 25%
  • Final Research Project* 40%


*Assignments and grading may be adjusted before the term begins. See your assignments & learning will be assessed this term above.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).



All required course materials will be accessible in electronic form via the SFU Library or the Canvas course site for HIST 224.

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