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Eric Bright
HSTEU 302
Seattle Campus

Modern European History: 1648-1815

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

Class description

This course examines the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century social, cultural, and political developments that ushered in the modern era in Europe. Topics include the legacy of the 30 Years’ War, the rise of absolutist states, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. Assigned readings and term paper will focus on the evolution of political thought during this period as an expression of changing social, political, and economic circumstances. Locke, Bossuet, Rousseau, Sieyès, and Burke will be among those whose work will be considered.

Student learning goals

Familiarization with course content, working effectively in a collaborative environment, improving critical thinking and writing skills

General method of instruction

Lecture, weekly peer-group meetings, and in-class discussion.

Recommended preparation

None but a healthy thirst for knowledge as reading is extensive.

Class assignments and grading

Term paper, participation (peer-group work and discussions), and exams weighted relatively equally.


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 Eric Bright
Date: 01/18/2008