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Andrew B. Stone
HSTEU 303
Seattle Campus

Contemporary European History Since 1815

Political, social, economic, and cultural history from the fall of Napoleon to the present.

Class description

This course will cover key events, themes, and ideas in European history from 1815 to the present. These include: nationalism and the nation-state, industrialization and class struggle, democratization and liberalism, political and social radicalism, revolutions and protests, colonialism and internationalism, the formation and deconstruction of class/nation/race/gender, World War I, the Russian Revolution, Fascism and Nazism, World War II and its aftermath, decolonization, Europe in the Cold War, the revolutions of 1989, and the emergence of the European Union. We will pay special attention to ongoing questions of European history: who is European? How have Europeans thought about themselves and their communities (national, ethnic, global)? How has Europe related to those ‘outside’ Europe? How have Europeans sought to reshape their communities, their political and social systems, and their world as a whole?

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course will meet for one hour each day and consist of lectures and discussion. Discussions will focus on analyzing primary and secondary texts, films, images, and other sources for learning about European history, and will emphasize critical and historical thinking.

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students should have a general familiarity with European geography and history.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly readings, discussions, and short response papers. Midterm exam, final exam, 10-12 page paper with revisions. This course qualifies for a writing (W) credit.


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 Andrew B. Stone
Date: 04/06/2009