Maren E. Halvorsen
Political, social, economic, and cultural history from the Peace of Westphalia to the fall of Napoleon.
This course will survey European history from the Age of Louis XIV to the end of the Napoleonic era, a period in which theories of human society and government proliferated. We will focus not only upon the theories themselves but also on the social, political and intellectual context within which they were created, and on the attempts to apply them. The course will combine lectures on the development of absolutism and 17th-18th century culture, the scientific revolution and the development of theories of natural law, and the Enlightenment with reading and discussion of several important works of 17th-18th century political thought. We will conclude by examining the French Revolution and Europe's political and intellectual responses to it.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture with discussion
HST112-113 or equivalent recommended but not required
Class assignments and grading
Substantial readings in primary source material; two short (4-6 page) essays; midterm and final exam