Political, social, economic, and cultural history from the Peace of Westphalia to the fall of Napoleon.
This course examines the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century social, cultural, and political developments that ushered in the modern era in Europe. Topics include the legacy of the 30 Years’ War, the rise of absolutist states, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. Assigned readings and term paper will focus on the evolution of political thought during this period as an expression of changing social, political, and economic circumstances. Locke, Bossuet, Rousseau, Sieyès, and Burke will be among those whose work will be considered.
Student learning goals
Familiarization with course content, working effectively in a collaborative environment, improving critical thinking and writing skills
General method of instruction
Lecture, weekly peer-group meetings, and in-class discussion.
None but a healthy thirst for knowledge as reading is extensive.
Class assignments and grading
Term paper, participation (peer-group work and discussions), and exams weighted relatively equally.