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Historical Literature: Europe


About the Course:

With the rising tide of nationalism and xenophobia across Europe challenging pan-European institutions such as the European Union, citizens, politicians, and academics are questioning whether there is such a thing called “Europe.”  They are debating whether there a discernible shared history, culture, economy, social relations and political institutions that can be identified as European?  This course argues that we can better understand these contemporary questions by examining the years between 1789 and 1914, when revolutionary impulses, technological and economic changes, and new notions of the individual and social groups came into being.  This course is designed to give students an understanding of the key debates, classic texts, and new approaches to the historical study of Nineteenth-Century Europe, particularly Great Britain, France, Russia and Germany. Topics will range from the nature and lasting impact of the French Revolution, industrialization and urbanization, the emergence of new notions of labor and family and the salience of class, gender, racial and national identities. Finally, we will explore Europe’s place in the world by focusing on different expressions of imperialism and globalization in the 19th century.


No pre-requisites have been entered for this course.


View the course’s Canvas page or the instructor’s page for documents: Erika Rappaport   

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