HIST 1511 The Making of Modern Europe, 1500 to the present (HB) (HA-AS, HST-AS) (HEU)
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:10-11:25 plus Independent Research
Professor Rachel Weil
How do we make sense of the Brexit vote in Great-Britain, the rise of political Islam and the “veil” debates in France, the anti-globalization movements in Spain and Greece, the growth of demagogic anti-immigrant parties from the Netherlands to Italy, or the fact that Swedes get more than thirty paid days off per year? This course seeks to answer these questions by exploring the history of modern Europe. Among other themes, we will discuss the Protestant Reformation, the rise of absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, industrialism, colonialism, the Russian Revolution, the two world wars, decolonization and immigration, May ’68, and the construction of the European Union. In conjunction, we will examine how modern ideologies (liberalism, Marxism, imperialism, conservatism, fascism, totalitarianism) were developed and challenged. Through a wide array of historical documents (fiction, letters, philosophy, treatises, manifestoes, films, and art), we will consider why “old Europe” is still relevant for us today.