European Civilization, 1648-1945

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This course offers a broad survey of modern European history, from the end of the Thirty Years' War to the aftermath of World War II. Along with the consideration of major events and figures such as the French Revolution and Napoleon, attention will be paid to the experience of ordinary people in times of upheaval and transition. The period will thus be viewed neither in terms of historical inevitability nor as a procession of great men, but rather through the lens of the complex interrelations between demographic change, political revolution, and cultural development. Textbook accounts will be accompanied by the study of exemplary works of art, literature, and cinema.

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Absolutism and the State
British Exceptionalism
Industrial Revolutions

Course programme

Lecture 1 Introduction

Lecture 2 Absolutism and the State

Lecture 3 Dutch and British Exceptionalism

Lecture 4 Peter the Great

Lecture 5 The Enlightenment and the Public Sphere

Lecture 6 Maximilien Robespierre and the French Revolution

Lecture 7 NapoleonLecture 8Industrial Revolutions

Lecture 9 Middle Classes

Lecture 10 Popular Protest

Lecture 11 Why No Revolution in 1848 in Britain

Lecture 12 Nineteenth-Century Cities

Lecture 13 Nationalism

Lecture 14 Radicals

Lecture 15 Imperialists and Boy Scouts

Lecture 16 The Coming of the Great War

Lecture 17 War in the Trenches

Lecture 18 Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning (Guest Lecture by Jay Winters)

Lecture 19 The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution

Lecture 20 Successor States of Eastern Europe

Lecture 21 Stalinism

Lecture 22 Fascists

Lecture 23 Collaboration and Resistance in World War II

Lecture 24 The Collapse of Communism and Global Challenges