HIST030 - EMERGENCE OF MOD EUROPE

Description: 
This course traces the formation of European society, politics and culture from the fifteenth century to the French Revolution, ca. 1400-1800 CE. For many centuries, Europeans had a sense that they all shared common cultural, religious and ethnic roots. By the end of the period studied in this course, Europeans seemed to believe that, although they have many common peculiarities and history, there were also increasing national differences between them. This course looks at these common origins and beliefs, but also the processes and decisions that helped to create differences among the various European polities. To do this, the course will tackle the evolution of politics, economics, demography, religious beliefs, and culture from 1400 to the early 19th century. We will start by discussing the surge in the late middle times of what historians call New Monarchies, and their role in the making of Europe. From this starting point, we will continue by discussing the Renaissance and religious divisions, but also European overseas expansion. From at least the 15th century, Europeans believed that they were destined to dominate the rest of the world. Europeans did extend European culture, government and peoples over much of the world. But they did it not as a compact and united Europe, but in a context of savage rivalry with each other. In the last weeks of the course, “Enlightenments and the Transformation of the Old World,” we will discuss the breakdown of old certainties, models and beliefs, and the appearance of new and opposed bodies of ideas and structures which replaced them. The goals of History 030 are not simply to present students with a body of information about the history of Europe. This course also serves as an introduction to the study of history, as a means to develop critical and analytic skills in both reading and writing, and a forum for examining particular topics and texts in a broad temporal perspective.
Instructors: 
FEROS, ANTONIO
Day and Time: 
MW 1000AM-1100AM
Room: 
COLLEGE HALL 314
Activity: 
LEC
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: 
    SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; HISTORY & TRADITION SECTOR