Spring 2024 - HIST 106 D900

The Making of Modern Europe (3)

Class Number: 4638

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2024
    Tue, 5:00–5:00 p.m.



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


The Question of Europe, 1750-1989

This course, an introduction to European history, offers an examination of the political, social, economic, and cultural forces that shape contemporary Europe. Amid the backdrop of the last three centuries, five key historical events serve as anchors in a broader chronology: the French Revolution; the Industrial Revolutions; the emergence of modern nationalism; imperialism and colonization; and the world wars and their legacy. We will consider each of these events in turn as we situate them within the broader themes of shifting political ideologies (liberalism, socialism, communism, nationalism); revolutionary changes in society (industrialization and urbanization); the spread of European influence across the globe (via colonization and the rise of settler colonialism); the unprecedented carnage and devastation of the world wars and genocide; and the cold war that shaped post-1945 Europe, and the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union. The course also emphasizes the regional diversity of and differences within and across Europe.

Students will develop analytical skills through a close reading of different primary sources and the use of evidence in constructing arguments and interpretations, which they will be expected to employ in their tutorial assignments and writing.


  • Primary Source Analysis 10%
  • Tutorial Participation 20%
  • Book Review 20%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 25%



  • John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe (4th edition)
  • Marx & Engels, The Communist Manifesto (any edition)
  • Primo Levi, If This is a Man (or Survival in Auschwitz) (any edition)


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Registrar Notes:


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