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Nathaniel Parker Weston
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 be organized around the construction and maintenance of particular ideas and practices in European history since 1815. These include nationalism and the nation-state; socialism and radicalism; revolution and protest; industrialization and capitalism; Liberalism and democratization; colonialism and internationalism; race-class-gender-other identity formation and deconstruction; and war, genocide, and terror. We will also look at where these themes intersect, conflict, or share strategies at various points.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will consist of lecture and discussion, drawing on various terms, images, films and written texts that reflect the above themes. There will be several assigned primary sources for the course readings and we will emphasize critical and analytical thinking at every point.

Recommended preparation

There are no pre-requisites for this course. Students should have a basic knowledge of European history, geography, and historical methodology.

Class assignments and grading

There will be weekly discussions with written responses; two 5-6 page essays performing “close readings” of primary texts on European history 1815-present; two identification exams; and an essay analyzing film perspectives on Contemporary European history as part of the final exam.

[to be determined in the course syllabus, which will be made available on the first day of class]


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 Nathaniel Parker Weston
Date: 07/28/2008