Modern European History

Course Description

In this course, students will explore the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Europe between the 18th and 21st centuries. Beginning with the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, we will examine the genesis of modern politics, analyze the origins, impacts, and outcomes of the First and Second Industrial Revolutions, study the new – and oftentimes radical – intellectual, political, and cultural currents which emerged during the course of the “long” nineteenth century, explore the impacts and social, political, and economic consequences of the First and Second World Wars, including the founding of the United Nations and European Economic Community, investigate the consequences of the Cold War for the Continent, and, finally, examine some of the geopolitical and domestic challenges facing the European “project” today. Students will learn not only about the myriad political, economic, and cultural forces which have shaped Modern Europe, they will gain the requisite historical contexts and foundations for better understanding today’s European Union.


Course Syllabus

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