HSTEU 251 A: Events That Shook Modern Europe: From the French Revolution to the EU

Winter 2024
Meeting:
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm / THO 134
SLN:
15599
Section Type:
Lecture
Joint Sections:
JSIS A 251 A
Instructor:
WRITING CREDIT OPTIONAL *** THIS COURSE IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION BY AUDITORS OR ACCESS STUDENTS.
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

TWELVE EVENTS THAT SHOOK MODERN EUROPE

HSTEU 251 / JSIS 251

 

Professor James Felak

Office Hours—Wednesday, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Or by appointment

E-mail: felak@uw.edu

Office: Smith Hall 112-B

 

COURSE OVERVIEW:

This course will acquaint students with twelve key events in the history of modern Europe, events that had significant impact both in their time and after, and in helping to shape the world in which we live today. These are not intended to be the definitive top twelve events of modern European history; indeed, there are dozens of events that could be candidates for a course like this.

Events were chosen based on the following criteria:

--their significance for their own time

--their impact on later historical developments

--their role in shaping the world in which we live today

--their connection, wholly or in part, to the major themes of the course, that is:

*revolution

*war

*nationalism

*democracy and dictatorship

*ideology

 

COURSE TOPICS:

I-the French Revolution

II-the Napoleonic Wars and their Aftermath

III-the Industrial Revolution

IV-the Revolutions of 1848

V-the Unification of Germany

VI-World War I

VII-the Bolshevik Revolution

VIII-the Nazi Revolution

IX-World War II

X-the Collapse of Europe’s Colonial Empires

XI-the Revolutions of 1989

XII-the Development of the European Union

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Midterm examination: 40%

Final examination: 40%

Two document assignments: 10% each

 

Exams will be based on the course material covered in lectures, as well as readings from the main text, Aspects of Western Civilization: Problems and Sources in History by Perry M. Rogers.  Document assignments will be based on documents from the Rogers text.  The text is a collection of primary sources related to modern European history.  Particular documents will be assigned in connection with the events under discussion.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Monday, 1/22 at Noon--first document assignment due [via e-mail]

Wednesday, 1/31 at 1:30 p.m.--midterm examination

Monday, 2/19 at Noon--second document assignment due

Monday, 3/11 at 2:30 p.m.--final examination

 

TEXT:

Perry M. Rogers, Ed., Aspects of Western Civilization: Problems and Sources in History, Volume 2, Seventh Edition

--this collection is essential for this course for three reasons

1-the introductory sections of each chapter serve as the textbook for our course

2-documents from Rogers will be referred to frequently in course lectures

3-there will be two assignments, as well as some parts of the course exams, based on documents from Rogers.

(be sure to get the proper volume and edition)

 

Catalog Description:
Examines major events that shaped Europe, from French Revolution in 1789 to the foundation of the European Union in 1993. Wars, revolutions, social transformations, toxic ideologies, and liberation movements as milestones in the course of developments in Europe over the past two centuries. Lectures and analysis of documents from these time periods. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 251; Sp.
GE Requirements Met:
Social Sciences (SSc)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
May 23, 2024 - 10:22 am