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1 Course Title Course Code : INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN HISTORY : HST114 Recommended Study Year* : Year 1 No. of Credits/Term : 3 Mode of Tuition Class Contact Hours Category in Major Prog. Prerequisites Co-requisites Exclusions Exemption Requirement(s) Brief Course Description : Sectional : 3 hours per week : Required Elective : This course is an introduction to the history of Europe from the earliest times to the present. Aims Learning Outcomes : The objective of the course is to help students understand the historical formation of Europe, and its later impact on world history. : a) acquire a sound understanding of the historical development and diversity of Europe; b) develop an understanding of Europe as a borrowing culture that benefited from the culture, ideas and technology of non-european societies. c) develop a critical understanding of the specific characteristics of Europe - geographical, social and cultural - that helped generate the European miracle, giving it global hegemony by the mid-9 th century; d) acquire an understanding of the factors underlying Europe s relative decline in the twentieth century. Indicative Content : I. Introduction A. What is Europe? B. The significance of pluralism (Jared Diamond and Paul Kennedy) II. The First Europeans 1

2 A. Surviving the Ice Age: Paleolithic Europe B. The Neolithic Revolution in Europe Discussion: Jared Diamond s Guns, Germs and Steel Readings: Coffin and Stacey, Chapter 1: The Origins of Western Civilizations; J.R. McNeill, The World According to Jared Diamond, The History Teacher, Vol. 34, No. 2, l.html III. The Classical Mediterranean World: Ancient Greece and Rome A. Overview B. Sparta and Athens C. Greek Culture and Philosophy D. Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Kingdoms E. The Roman Republic and Empire F. The Rise of Christianity Reading: Coffin and Stacey, Chapter 3: The Greek Experiment, Chapter 4: The Expansion of Greece, Chapter 5: Roman Civilization, Chapter 6: Christianity and the Transformation of the Roman World IV. Europe, C.E. A. Byzantine Civilisation B. Medieval Eastern Europe and Russia C. Charlemagne and the Reawakening of Europe D. Political Order and Feudal System in Western Europe E. The Formation of Christian Europe F. Trade and Cultural Interactions G. Medieval Societies H. From Romanesque to Gothic I. The Growth of States in Medieval Europe J. Medieval Europe and Islam: The Crusades K. England: The Magna Carta and Parliament L. The Black Death Reading: Coffin and Stacey, Chapter 7: Rome's Three Heirs: The Byzantine, Islamic, and Early Medieval Worlds; Chapter 8: The Expansion of Europe: Economy, Society, and Politics in the High Middle Ages, ; Chapter 9: The High Middle Ages: Religious and Intellectual Developments, ; Chapter 10: The Later Middle Ages, V. Renaissance and Reformation 2

3 A. Humanism B. From Giotto to Machiavelli: Cultural and Intellectual Developments in Italy C. The Northern Renaissance D. The emergence of the nation state E. The Reformation in Europe F. Wars of Religion Reading: Coffin and Stacey, Chapter 12: The Civilization of the Renaissance, ; Chapter 13: Reformations of Religion; Chapter 14: Religious Wars and State Building, VI. Europe Expands: The Age of Exploration A. The Ottoman Threat B. The End of Europe s Mediterranean Focus C.The Creation of an Atlantic World D. Europe in Asia Reading: Coffin and Stacey, Chapter 11: Commerce, Conquest, and Colonization, VII. The Scientific Revolution A. The Copernican Revolution B. The Scientific Method C. Science and the Church Reading: Coffin and Stacey, Chapter 16: The Scientific Revolution VIII The Enlightenment A. The Ancients vs. the Moderns B. Lockean Psychology C. An Age of Reason D. The Party of Humanity E. The Enlightenment and China Reading: Coffin and Stacey, Chapter 17: The Enlightenment IX Towards a new European Order A. Absolutist Europe B. The French Revolution C. Napoleon s New European Order D. Metternich and the Congress of Vienna E. Liberalism and Nationalism F. German and Italian Unification; Poland and Russia; Greece and the Balkans Reading: Coffin and Stacey, Chapter 15: Absolutism and Empire, ; Chapter 18: The French Revolution; 3

4 Chapter 20: From Restoration to Revolution, ; Chapter 21: What is a Nation? Territories, States, and Citizens, X. The Industrial Revolution and the Age of Imperialism A. The Industrial Revolution in Europe B. The Nature and Causes of Imperialism C. Ideological Justifications for Imperialism D. The Second Industrial Revolution and the Crisis of Modernity Discussion: Immanuel Wallerstein, World Systems Theory Readings: Paul Halsall, Modern History Sourcebook: Summary of Wallerstein on World System Theory, Coffin and Stacey, Chapter 19: Industrial Revolution and Nineteenth-Century Society; Chapter 22: Imperialism and Colonialism, ; Chapter 23: Modern Industry and Mass Politics, XI Europe, A. The First World War B. The Russian Revolution C. The Redrawing of the maps D. The Great Depression in Europe E. The rise of dictators and the crisis of liberalism F. The Second World War Discussion: Paul Kennedy, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers Readings: Dr. David Smith, Paul Kennedy s The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers A Summary, class handout; Coffin and Stacey, Chapter 24: The First World War; Chapter 25: Turmoil between the Wars; Chapter 26: The Second World War XII Conclusion: The End of European Hegemony A. Europe and the Cold War B. The end of European empires C. Multicultural Europe D. The path to European Unity Reading: Coffin and Stacey, Chapter 27: The Cold War World: Global Politics, Economic Recovery, and Cultural Change; Chapter 28: Red Flags and Velvet Revolutions: The End of the Cold War, ; Chapter 29: A World without Walls: Globalization and the West 4

5 Teaching Method Measurement of Learning Outcomes : Lectures, supplemented by readings, are designed to provide students with a big picture of the human experience.. : a) Successfully gaining minimum passing grades in the examination and individual assignment; b) Showing evidence of research; c) participation in class discussions and/or actively raising and answers questions in class. Assessment : Students are expected to keep up with all assignments, and come prepared for each lecture. Two exams and one essay/book review are required. Class Attendance and Participation: 10% Midterm: 25% Course Paper (essay or book review): 35% Final Examination 30% Required Reading: Coffin, Coffin, Judith G.; and Robert C. Stacey, Western Civilizations: Brief Edition: 2 Volumes in One. New York & London: W. W. Norton, & Co., 2006 Supplementary Readings: Anderson, Bonnie S. and Judith P. Zinsser, A History of their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present. 2 vols. Rev. ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, Boxer, Marilyn J. and Jean H. Quataert, Connecting Spheres: European Women in a Globalizing World, 1500 to the Present. 2 nd ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, Crosby, Alfred, Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, , New York: Cambridge University Press, Curtin, Philip D. The World and the West: the European Challenge and the Overseas Response in the Age of Empire, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Diamond, Jared, Guns, Germs and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, New York, W. W. Norton & Company, c Kennedy, Paul M. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economy Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000, New York: Random House Landes, David S., Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World, Revised ed., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, Landes, David S., The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Marks, Robert B., The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century. 2 nd ed, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, McNeill, William, The Pursuit of Power: Technology Armed Force and Society Since A.D. 5

6 1000, Reprint edition, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, McNeill, William, The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Roberts, J. M., The Penguin History of Europe, London: Penguin, 1997 Stearns, Peter, The Industrial Revolution in World History, Boulder: Westview Press, Stearns, Peter, Life and Society in the West: the Modern Centuries, San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,

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