Early Modern Europe|
|Certificates: International Relations|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
This introductory course surveys the history of Europe during the formative period of the modern era from 1500 to 1800. It focuses on the crucial episodes of religious and political conflicts and highlights key intellectual, cultural, and economic developments: the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Reformation, the English civil war, absolutism, enlightened despotism, the rise of capitalism and plantation slavery, the scientific revolution, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. Representing one of the required modules for the history major, this course also provides essential historical grounding for any student interested in study abroad and in modern culture and politics.
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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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe, VOL 1\
Readings in Western Civilization, VOLS, 5,7
Hernando Cortes, Five Letters of Cortes to the Emperor
Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince and the Discourses
Roland Bainton, The Reformation of the Sixtenth Century
Alexis de Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the French Revolution
Ernest Barker, ed. Social Contract: Locke, Hume , Rousseau
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
Jean Jacques Rousseau, First and Second Discourses
Edmund Burke, Relections on th French Revolution
Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man
Georges Lefebvre, The Coming of the French Revolution
|Examination and Assignments: |
two 4-page papers; a midterm and final test.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
No late papers will be accepted. Pre-registered students must attend the first class, or they will be dropped from the class list.
This class fulfills the requirement for the European concentration in the History Major; it also counts toward the pre-industrial course requirement and towards the History and Religion concentration.
|Instructor(s): Holmes,Oliver W. Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 5||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 13||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 3||SO: 10||FR: 10|