Western Civilization I (G) (R) (3)
A broad view of the society we live in and the ideals we live by, starting with the ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome and continuing through the "divine right" monarchies and the revolutions of the 17th century.
Western Civilization II (G) (R) (3)
Continuation of 50:510:101, with emphasis on the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, industrialization, socialism, imperialism, and the wars of the 20th century.
Introductory Topics in European History (G) (3,3)
A theme in European history.
Athens: The Golden Age (G) (3)
The most famous Greek city-state, its political development as well as
its artistic accomplishments, during the fifth and fourth centuries BC.
Rome of the First Caesars (G) (3)
The transformation of the Roman republic under its most famous leaders (Caesar, Cicero, Pompey, Marc Antony, and others) into the empire under Augustus and the Julio-Claudian line (Caligula and Nero among others).
The Fall of Rome (G) (3)
The disappearance of the Roman empire during the third, fourth, and fifth
centuries AD as barbarian invaders conquered the West.
Medieval Society (G) (3)
Traces the history of Europe between 410 and 1450 AD. Shows the Middle Ages not only as an age of faith but also as an age in which new technologies and political ideas came to the fore. This period shown not as a "dark age" but as an age of political and religious evolution. Many of the elements of modern politics and philosophy are reflected in this distant mirror.
The Renaissance and the Reformation (G) (3)
Shows the Renaissance as an age of both tradition and discovery. See how elite urban Italians created the idea of individual achievement and how the rest of Europe appropriated this idea. A look also at the effects of "humanism" on religion and on common people through firsthand accounts and films.
Absolutism and Enlightenment in France and Europe (G) (3)
Traces the development of the absolutist modern state and how the Enlightenment of thought formed the basis of the French Revolution. Examines how European monarchs created machines for governing and how philosophers criticized these systems and, in reaction to tyranny, created ideas of human progress.
The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon (G) (3)
Considered by some to be the greatest single event in human history, the French Revolution shook the world. Examines how and why this social and political explosion took place in France, how it affected the world, and why Napoleon and his warring ways were the outcome of such a cataclysmic event.
Europe: 1815 to 1914 (G) (3)
European political, social, and cultural history between the fall of Napoleon and the outbreak of World War I.
Europe in the Era of World War I: 1890 to 1939 (G) (3)
The background to, the course of, and the after-effects of the conflict of 1914-1918, through the 1930s.
Europe in the Era of World War II and the Cold War: 1939 to 1991 (G) (3)
From Nazi aggression to the fall of the Soviet Union.
Tudor and Stuart England (3)
Considers religious, political, and social
developments from the Protestant Reformation through the 17th century in Tudor and Stuart England.
Modern Britain (3)
The development of the first modern society, with particular attention
to the social and cultural impact of the industrial revolution and
Britain's role as a world power.
Modern Germany (G) (3)
Political, social, and intellectual changes since the mid-19th century, with particular attention to the relationships between authority and freedom. Focus on the years between the rise of Bismarck and the fall of Hitler.
Modern Italy (G) (3)
From the 19th-century struggle for unification, through the dictatorship of Mussolini, up to the present.
Women in Modern Europe (G) (3)
Exploration of the role of women in Europe from the 18th to the 20th centuries and the function of gender in history. Topics include women in the Enlightenment, in the French Revolution, at work in the Victorian society, in socialist movements, in wartime, and the evolution of feminism.
Russia under the Tsars (G) (3)
Survey of Russia from the advent of the Romanov dynasty through the
revolution of 1905. Topics include the growth and decline of the
autocratic state, the consequences of Russia's identification with the
West, serfdom and the peasantry, the "parting of ways" between state
and society, and the rise of a revolutionary opposition to tsarism.
Revolutionary and Communist Russia (G) (3)
Survey of the major historical developments in Russia and the USSR
since the revolution of 1905. Topics include the fall of tsarism, the
Bolshevik victory, Stalinism, the consequences of revolutionary change,
de-Stalinization, the "nationality question," perestroika,
glasnost, and the collapse of Soviet communism.
Imagining European History on Film (G) (3)
European film as a historical document that illuminates key
moments in 20th-century European history. Themes include the
world wars, fascism and Nazism, revolutionary and oppositional
movements, gender and sexuality, nationalism, decolonization, racism,
May be taken as part of a minor in media studies.
Special Topics in European History (G) (3,3)
A theme in European history.
Open to majors and nonmajors.
Independent Study in European History (BA)
Independent reading under the supervision of a member of the department.
Prerequisite: Permission of a faculty supervisor.