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Uta G. Poiger
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

This course offers students an introduction to the political, social, intellectual, and cultural history of Europe from the mid-seventeenth century to the present. We will pay particular attention to European revolutions and Europe’s changing relationship with the wider world (including imperialism and decolonization) and will explore the impact of these developments on national identities, political conflicts, and the daily lives of women and men.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This is an introductory course, and no previous knowledge of the subject is presumed. The course is suitable both for students who might major in history, and for non-history students interested in the broad sweep of European history and culture.

Class assignments and grading

This is a lower-division lecture and discussion course. Lectures, Monday through Thursday, with occasional films; Friday discussion sections. Lectures and readings will form the basis for the weekly discussion sections. Approximately 100-150 pages of reading per week; regular attendance at lecture; participation in discussion sections; two short (roughly 5 pages) analytical papers; an in-class midterm; an in-class final exam; and an elementary map quiz. Please note that students have the option, and are encouraged to sign up for, a writing link course (ENGL 198).

Grading Percentages

Map Quiz 5% Participation 20% Paper #1 15% Paper #2 25% Midterm Exam 15% Final Exam 25%


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 Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 02/25/2000