Courses in History (Division 390)

100-Level Courses are Survey Courses and Introductory Courses for Freshmen and Sophomores

111. Modern Europe. Hist. 110 is recommended as prerequisite. (3). (SS).

This course, which has no prerequisite, will introduce Europe since 1700. We shall look at the major revolutions of the period, the world wars of the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, such long-term processes as industrialization and urbanization, and particular aesthetic forms (novel, photography, film) that helped contemporaries understand those realities. We shall also, however, look at how Europe invaded much of the rest of the world in this era, and was in turn invaded by America. Finally, from first to last we will be concerned with memory, with how Europeans in 1914 or 1815 or 1700 used history as both a mirror to see themselves in and a map to their futures. The course is conducted in lectures and discussion. Required work will consist of a midterm and final exam, and possibly one short paper. (Marwil)

161. United States, 1865 to the Present. (3). (SS).

This course is a survey of the social, cultural, political, and economic history of the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present. The class will be primarily, though not entirely, a lecture course. The subjects that will be addressed include Reconstruction, urbanization, industrialization, the problems confronting farmers, workers, and other groups, the "Progressive" era, the cultural and economic life of the United States between the two world wars, the New Deal, American foreign policy, postwar affluence, the turbulence of the 60s, and social, political, and economic developments since 1970. Students will be expected to read a range of books dealing with selected problems in American history.

300-Level Courses and Above are for Juniors and Seniors

391. Topics in European History. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.
Section 201 Europe, 1700-1850: From Ancien Regimes to the Age of Revolutions.
This lecture course examines the origins of modern European society. Focusing on the very different cases of Britain and France, it traces the development of issues such as commercialization, social structure, class and gender relations, the exercise of power, the public sphere, and the nature of politics, from the relatively stable social and political order of early modern Europe through the transformations of the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, and the advent of modernity. Required background: None. (Wahrman)


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