Professor: Robert W. Brown
History 329 traces the history of Europe from the eruption of the French
Revolution in 1789 to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Because this
century and a quarter is so filled with momentous events and because we
know so much about these events, our coverage must necessarily be selective.
For about the first third of the semester, our attention focuses on France,
then the dominant nation in Europe, and we will study in succession the
French Revolution, the Napoleonic Empire, and the various legacies remaining
from these events that shaped European affairs until the Revolutions of1848.
As we move toward the middle of the century, France recedes into the background
and is replaced by Great Britain as we concentrate on the Industrial Revolution
and its consequences, political and social changes,and intellectual movements
like socialism, romanticism, liberalism, and nationalism. Germany (Prussia
until 1871), the third nation that will receive considerable attention,
first becomes of major importance in the 1860s and then dominates Europe
in the years leading up to World War I. As we progress through the nineteenthcentury,
we will also study the increasing urbanization of Europe, the growth of
mass literacy, and the transformation of family life. Our journey will
conclude with a careful study of late-nineteenth century diplomacy as we
try to understand how total war came unexpectedly to Europe in the summer
of 1914. And, from time to time, we will pause in our journey to consider
major intellectual, cultural, and artistic movements.
Course Outline and Reading Assignments
Instructions for the Preparation of a Book Review
Guidelines for the Essay on the Origins ofWorld War I
Links to Internet Resources for HST 329.
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