What is Europe?

This course will explore the changing meaning of Europe and European unity over the previous two centuries, with an emphasis on the formation of the European Union during the last 65 years and current European Union issues today. After a brief introduction that explores the deeper history behind the geographical and cultural concept of Europe, this course will trace the emergence of a European identity and a desire to integrate Europe from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. Class readings and discussion will focus on four main questions. What has Europe meant to intellectuals, politicians, and citizens in the past 150 years, as a concept, as a locus of identity, and as an alternative or counterpart to the nation state? What has been the geography of Europe, and how has this changed over time? How and why have European leaders and citizens fashioned an integrated continent, and how have the obstacles to integration evolved over time? Finally, how has Europe’s relationship with the rest of the world developed against the backdrop of continental integration? Course readings will combine historical studies, contemporary commentary, political science, and sociology.

Considers both the political and intellectual history of Europe?s division between Eastern Europe and Western Europe, from the 18th century to the present. Course material includes travel Considers both the political and intellectual history of Europe?s division between Eastern Europe and Western Europe, from the 18th century to the present. Course material includes travel writing, mental mapping, the Iron Curtain, and the history of the European Union.

Course Information

HIST-GA1156

Graduate

4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

1
Stephen Gross
R: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM KJCC 324