Instructor: Douglas Weiner Academic Year: 2014-2015Semester: FallCourse ID and Name: HIST 214B - Europe from Revolution to Post-CommunismSection Number: 001Course SyllabusCourse Description: TR 2:00-3:15PM Harvill 319 In in the past two centuries, our world has been shaped by European industrialization, revolutionary movements, nationbuilding, empirebuilding, depression and war, provoking ongoing political, social and cultural challenges and struggles. Europeans’ working lives, gender, class and race relations, cultural practices and expectations have altered repeatedly. Europe’s transformation occurred not only due to impersonal forces beyond human control, but because people took action to shape their world, influencing the course of history. The forces they set in motion continue to mark world events, for good or ill, to this day. In this course we will examine these events and forces in their historical context, ever mindful of their present-day impacts. Course Objective: mastery of major events and processes; improved writing skills; exposure to and ability to analyze and contextualize primary source materials; improved analytical skills; and the ability to approach textual materials with critical detachment.