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Raymond A. Jonas
HIST 113
Seattle Campus

Europe and the Modern World

Political, economic, social, and intellectual history of modern Europe. Cannot be taken for credit toward a history major if HSTEU 302 or 303 previously taken.

Class description

An entry level course on Europe and its global engagements since the wars of religion. The course is organized around key themes and events. These include: absolutism, Enlightenment, secularism and the scientific outlook, Romanticism, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, European expansion and empire, gender and family, competition for European hegemony, the Russian Revolutions, fascism, feminism, liberalism, socialism, and nationalism, European empire in theory and practice, the World Wars, the European city, prosperity and consumerism, Europe in the Cold War, the European Union and the boundaries of Europe, Europe in a post-European age.

This course meets the university's standards for "W" credit.

Student learning goals

Become familiar with the broad outlines of the history of Europe in the modern era.

Acquire an in-depth understanding of some key episodes in modern European history.

Build an appreciation for the historical origins of major issues in Europe today.

Develop the ability to assess and interpret primary sources, both textual and visual.

Develop skills of style and persuasion both written (on papers) and oral (in section).

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Students should complete readings according to schedule set out on syllabus. Students should arrive in section ready to engage questions raised by weekly reading and lecture. Papers will involve thoughtful commentary on course readings. Examinations are structured to encourage attentive engagement in section and lecture; examinations gauge mastery of content and analysis.

Successful completion of all assignments, including midterm and end-of-term examinations, term papers, readings, participation in discussion.


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 Raymond A. Jonas
Date: 01/23/2012