Development of Europe during the age of Metternich, the revolutions of 1848, and the emergence of new national states.
This course surveys the history of nineteenth-century Europe from the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815) to the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). Broadly speaking, it will examine how European society responded to the challenges of the French and Industrial Revolutions with the rise of mass politics, formation of political parties and ideologies, emergence of popular culture, and increased competition between nation states. More specific topics include Romanticism, socialist movements, the revolutions of 1848, the Crimean War, European colonialism, the Second Empire of Napoleon III, Bismarck and the rise of Germany, the Italian Risorgimento, and the fall of the Paris Commune. Ultimately, the course will chart the political, social, and cultural developments that brought Europe into the modern age. Readings include Bentham, Mill, Tocqueville, Marx, and Nietzsche.
Student learning goals
Familiarization with course content and improving critical thinking and writing skills.
General method of instruction
Lecture and in-class discussion.
Class assignments and grading
Paper, participation, and two quizzes.