Early Modern Europe|
Fall 2009 not offered
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
This course explores major developments in European, and Western history and culture from the late Middle Ages to the event of modernity, covering roughly three centuries from the late 15th century to the end of the 18th century. It will explore the interplay of politics, religion, economy, and culture in the successes and failures of the religious movements of the time; transformations of states from medieval monarchies to modern states; expansion of Europe across the Atlantic and into Asia and Africa; and the information revolution that came with the introduction of the printing press into Europe. We will discuss cultural and social transformations that ultimately helped shape modern Western society, typically associated with religious diversity, toleration, human rights, democracy, and consumerism. The course will also examine a broader European society and culture and its relationship with the rest of the world, as Europe came increasingly dependent on products supplied by the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Among questions explored will be: How did European expansion change European society? How did Western states transform to allow a participation of Jews in the political process of their states, but continue to exclude women and slaves? And what role did women and gender play in these transformations? Were women only nuns, wives, witches, and, occasionally, queens? How did the concept of marriage and family change following the Reformation? The course will cover the continuities and change in early modern Western society and will seek to show a geographically and religiously diverse range of experiences. The course will include films.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-History)(CIR)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Merriman, A HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE, Vol I
READINGS IN WESTERN CIVILATION, Vols. 5,7.
Bainton, THE REFORMATION OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
Cortes, FIVE LETTERS OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
Machiavelli, THE PRINCE AND THE DISCOURSES
de Tocqueville, THE OLD REGIME AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
Woloch, EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE
Barker, ed., SOCIAL CONTRACT: LOCKE, HUME, ROUSSEAU
Rousseau, FIRST AND SECOND DISCOURSES
Burke, REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE
Paine, RIGHTS OF MAN
Lefebvre, THE COMING OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
Moore, Jr., SOCIAL ORIGINS OF DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY
|Examination and Assignments: |
Mid-term and final examination; two papers (4pp.); discussion assignments.
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