Modern Europe


This course surveys modern European history since about 1750. It proceeds chronologically and thematically, focusing on politics, ideas, and culture. The main topics are the Enlightenment, French Revolution, industrialization, nationalism, imperialism, mass politics, communism, fascism, world wars, decolonization, the fall of the Soviet Empire, and globalization. We’ll consider both the subject matter itself and how historians have come to know about it.

A survey of Europe from 1789 to the present. Investigates the political, social, economic, and cultural developments that shaped and continue to shape the modern age. Emphasis is on the evolution of the nation-state, on industrialization and its impact on society and politics, and on the intellectual responses to the rapid changes these developments inspired. Topics include Europe and the French Revolution; the rise of the nation-state, 1848-1914; and the impact of totalitarian ideologies on 20th-century Europe.

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

Danielle J Beaujon
MW: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM GCASL 275
Edward G Berenson
MW: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM GCASL 275