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COURSE TITLE: Nineteenth Century Europe
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course deals with the major intellectual, political, social and economic changes during the 19th century in the period from the French Revolution to the eve of World War I. Among the topics covered are: the impact of the French Revolution; the nature of romanticism; social classes and reform; revolutionary movements; liberalism, nationalism, imperialism, and socialism; the new state systems.

Prerequisites: HIST 202 or 204
REQUIRED TEXTS:R. Winks and J. Neuberger, Europe and the making of modernity (OUP)
Essay 1 (2500 words)25%
Document study (2000 words)20%
Essay 2 (2500 words)25%
Final Exam30%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:By the end of this course students will:
  • acquire an in-depth knowledge of the key ideological, social, political, economic, religious and international developments between 1789 and 1914;
  • be able to analyse and interpret a range of primary sources from this period;
  • have an awareness of the main historiographical debates in this period 
  • develop their skills of critical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, communication and debate
  • further refine their Christian perspective and outlook through an extended engagement with the past
LECTURE SCHEDULE: September 5– October 6

Europe: Restoration and Revolt 1800- 1848 In this section of the course we will examine the legacies of the French Revolution, and explore the Napoleonic age, the Restoration, the new ideologies (liberalism, nationalism, socialism and romanticism), the coming of industrialisation and the causes of the 1848 revolution.

October 11 – November 8

Europe: Empires and Nations 1848 – 1900 In this section we will explore the political history of Europe after the revolutions of 1848, looking in particular at the rise of new nations, the problems of Empire and the struggle for democracy in France and GB.

November 13 – December 6

Europe: Culture and Crisis 1914 In this final section of the course we will explore the growing crisis in Europe, the emergence of modernity and try to explain why it was that war broke out in 1914. 

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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