New Course in European History

Modern European History

This course will examine the formation of modern Europe from the French Revolution to the First World War.  We will discuss political, social, and economic developments of the period with an emphasis on reading seminal and primary source material.  Some pivotal events to be discussed include the French Revolution and Wars of Napoleon, the Industrial Revolution, European Imperialism, social developments, and the First World War experience broadly defined.

Readings will be centered on a base textbook along with primary sources and other selections.  Planned course readings may be found below.  Assignments will include quizzes, exams, and short essays on assigned readings.  The class will be a hybrid of discussion and interactive lectures.

Assigned Texts will include:

            Merriman, John. A History of Modern Europe, 2010. ISBN 978-0393934335

            Bishop, Alan et al., ed. Letters from a Lost Generation, ISBN 978-1844085705

Gasper, Phil. The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most

Important Political Document, 2005.  978-1931859257

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904


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