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George K Behlmer
HIST 113
Seattle Campus

Europe and the Modern World

Political, economic, social, and intellectual history of modern Europe. Cannot be taken for credit toward a history major if HSTEU 302 or 303 previously taken.

Class description

History 113 surveys European culture, thought, and politics over the past three centuries. Beginning with the Age of Absolutism in the mid-17th century and ending with our own era of fracturing nationalisms, this course charts the road to "modernity" in western civilization. Enlightenment thought and French revolutionary practice; the social consequences of industrialization; imperialism and decolonization; and the challenges of communism, fascism, and total war: these world-shaping developments will receive special attention in History 113.

Student learning goals

#1--Students will enrich their understanding of how ideas have "real world" consequences.

#2--Students will deepen their appreciation of how modern European developments have shaped American civilization.

#3--Students will improve their ability to construct persuasive arguments in writing.

General method of instruction

Formal lectures mixed with music and film.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Lectures 2 days per week, supplemented by illustrative films and music of the period under consideration.

--paper #1 (about 5 pages) = 20% of overall course grade. --paper #2 (about 6 pages) = 25% of overall course grade. --midterm exam = 20% of overall course grade. --final exam = 35% of overall course grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by George K Behlmer
Date: 03/29/2014