Undergraduate Europe Courses

These are the courses offered by the History Department to fulfill this requirement.

Course No. Course Name Description
HIST 117 History of England to 1603 Survey of English history from pre-history to 1603, with emphasis on legal and constitutional history.
HIST 118 History of England from 1603 to the Present Survey of English history from 1603 to present, with emphasis on political and social history.
HIST 203 The Ancient Mediterranean: Power and Identity This course will focus on the ancient Mediterranean from 800 BCE to the XXX of the Roman Empire in the third century CE, emphasizing concepts of power and identity as demonstrated in politics, gender ideals, material culture and religious practice.
HIST 204 Ancient History: Greek History A political, social and cultural history of Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great.
HIST 205 Ancient History: Roman History A survey of Roman civilization from the founding of the monarchy to the emperorship of Constantine the Great.
HIST 207 Games and Play in Medieval and Early Modern Europe Games and play are important aspects of all cultures.  They provide entertainment and recreation, but they also reflect, influence, and supply metaphors for many other aspects of life.  We will explore the importance of play in shaping medieval and early modern societies by focusing on four games that have come to symbolize the era—chess, the tournament, hunting, and gambling. Through our examination of these and other games, we will explore the social, political, religious, economic, legal, military, and intellectual history of medieval and early modern Europe.  We will analyze a wide selection of medieval and early modern literary and historical documents and visual representations, as well as some modern literary, cinematic, and gaming reinterpretations. 
HIST 214B Europe from Revolution to Post-Communism

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.

HIST 255 Life in Early Modern Europe, c.1450-c.1800
An introduction to the early modern period between c. 1450 and c. 1800. Analysis of long-term characteristics of the period, like social structure, religion, politics and economics, will be combined with exploration of the lives of individuals and their experiences in this era.
HIST 314A Europe 1870-1945: War, Peace and Social Change European powers' competition for empire intensified in the late nineteenth century, producing twentieth century wars that spread from Europe to span the globe, shaped by and reshaping domestic politics, international relations, gender expectations and social and cultural forms.
HIST 314B Europe Since 1945 In this course we will consider the choices Europeans faced and the paths they took after the second World War, including the loss of empire and the stresses of the Cold War, the construction of welfare states and the European Union, and the rise and fall of Eastern European socialisms and their aftermath.
HIST 317 History of Modern Ireland Survey of Irish history from the Union in 1800 to the present; the course will emphasize the political, cultural, and religious bases of Irish history.
HIST 317A History of Early Modern Ireland
This course is a survey of the history of early modern Ireland, starting in the 15th century and ending with the Union between England and Ireland in 1801.  Students will develop an understanding of the problems and divisions that beset Ireland in this period and that have shaped its future until this day.  The particular problems of political interaction, colonization, and the state formation as well as the contentious nature of religious developments in early modern Ireland will be addressed.
HIST 319 History of Early Modern Germany
The political, social, economic and cultural history of Germany from the late Middle Ages to about 1800.
HIST 320 Reformations and Revolutions in Early Modern Britain, 1485-1714 This course aims at a broad analysis of the enthralling history and legacies of the Tudor and Stuart dynasties that ruled England from 1458 to 1714. The objective is to understand how in a quarter century the radical political and religious events, and figures, transformed the social, political and religious structures of England, giving birth to the foundation of England as a united kingdom, and significant world power. The course begins by focusing on the Tudors with emphasis on Henry VIII and the English Reformation, the return to Catholicism under Mary Tudor, the creation of a new Anglican Church under Elizabeth I and its unforeseen consequences. From there, it explores the Stuarts, with attention to the catastrophic English Revolution culminating in the public execution of King Charles I in 1649, and the rise of the English republic that ended with the restoration of monarchy in 1660. The course then reflects on the transformation of the English state following the elite coup d’etat of 1688, the Glorious Revolution, a fundamental watershed that cleared the way for a constitutional monarchy, parliamentary sovereignty, and religious toleration in England.
HIST 321A Britain 1700-1914: Industry & Empire Industrialization has been one of the most significant processes of the past millennium, and its effects remain controversial today. The Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the mid-1700s and eventually spread to encompass the globe. In this course we will examine the unique preconditions, the unprecedented rise and decline, and the lasting effects of the first industrial revolution and the first industrial society, modern Britain.  We will explore the characteristics distinguishing “modern” industrial societies; how economic upheaval produced struggles over political power among different social groups; and how understandings of government’s legitimate responsibilities and the state’s role in economic systems changed over time. We will also address impacts on the family and gender, and on relations between the state and individuals, as well as Britain’s changing relations with the continent of Europe, its empire, and the wider world.
HIST 321B Britain 1914-Present: Great War to Cool Britannia Britain in 1914 was the wealthiest society in the world, with the largest empire the world has ever known.  Yet this society was riven by class inequality and social and gender upheaval at home, while facing threats from overseas rivals and anticolonial agitation. In this course, we will explore how global war and economic upheaval produced cultural crisis and change; struggles over power and resources among different social groups; and changing understandings of government's responsibility for human welfare. We will also address impacts on the family and gender, as well as Britain's changing relations with the continent of Europe, its empire, and the wider world.
HIST 325 History of France: Development of the Modern French State, 1815-Present Political, socio-economic, and cultural history of modern France from 1815 to the present day, with emphasis placed on French politics and self-identity.
HIST 374 The Holocaust Socio-economic and intellectual roots of modern anti-Semitism, evolution of Nazi policy, genocide, responses of Axis and Allied governments, and responses of the Jews.
HIST 403A History of Greece: Democracy, War, and Empire in the 5th Century BCE Beginning with Herodotus’ history of the Persian Wars and concluding with Thucydides’ account of the Peloponnesian War, you will read and discuss various types of ancient sources in order to write your own history of the growth of democracy, the spread of empire, and the persistence of war in Classical Greece.
HIST 403C Social & Cultural History of Classical Greece In this class, you will investigate a variety of topics related to people’s lives in Classical Greece:  democracy, economics, family life, gender, slavery, science, religion, and friendship. You will read and discuss ancient texts from the 4th century BCE – histories, court speeches, how-to manuals, and philosophy – in order to figure out for yourself what happened and how people lived.
HIST 404A History of Rome: The Republic to the Death of Ceasar This course will focus on the history of Rome as it expands from an archaic 8th century village to become the dominant power in the Mediterranean, through civil war and the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. Although there is special focus on Roman power as it was distributed, manipulated, and claimed by citizens, warlords and demagogues, we will also be looking at social networks and the family, sub-elites and women, polytheism and ritual practice, the development of the city as a space for civic performances, as well as the dynamics of cultural interaction in the ancient Mediterranean. Students will concentrate throughout on the primary evidence (written and archaeological) and the ways in which historians use literary and material documentation to uncover different perspectives on the Roman past.
HIST 404B History of Rome: The Empire through the Reign of Constantine the Great This course will focus on the history of Rome under the emperors, from approximately the 40s B.C.E. to the deterioration of the western Empire in the fifth century C.E. Special emphasis will be given to concepts of power and how these play out in politics, spectacle, gender ideals, art and urban structures, and religious practices of the imperial period. Students will make use of the primary sources of evidence, both ancient texts and archaeological material, to increase their understanding of the ancient Romans and to gain greater familiarity with the techniques of the historian in analysis and communication.
HIST 405A Medieval Europe Major institiutions and trends in Europe from the breakup of the Roman World to the 14th century.
HIST 405B Medieval Europe Major institutions and trends in Europe from the breakup of the Roman World to the 14th century.
HIST 408 The Renaissance Europe between the 14th and 16th centuries with special emphasis on Italy as the seat of the Renaissance. Topics include the city states, humanism, the Church in an age of Schism and secularization, Renaissance art, the New Monarchies and European exploration and imperialism.
HIST 409 The Reformation The Reformation in thought and action both from the perspective of its religious origins and of the political and social conditions. Analysis of its impact on 16th century Europe including the spread of Protestant reformation and its comparnion movement, counter-reformation.
HIST 412A European Enlightenments Topics include philosophy, science, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, political economy.
HIST 415 Cultural History of Modern Germany
What is "cultural history"? This course introduces themes in German history which emphasize the production of culture within pre-and post-national states.  We will focus on forms of identity which are shaped by dynamic processes involving institutions, individuals, and groups within German society from the eighteenth century to the present.  In particular, we will pay attention to how collective identities are formed around religion, nationalism, political ideologies, the experience of war, and intellectual movements such as Romanticism. Students are not required to have a prior knowledge of the German language or German history but are expected to have some familiarity with the outlines of modern European history.
HIST 416A Rise and Fall of Europe Empires The rise and fall of European empires from the fall of Rome to the present, a process involving Europeans with the non- European world and its people, continues to shape global events.
HIST 419 The French Enlightenment Cultural history of France in the 18th century, with emphasis on the works of the philosophers.
HIST 420 The French Revolution and Napoleon The origins and progress of the Revolution in France.
HIST 422 History of Russia to 1917
Political, socio-economic and cultural history of Russia and its expansion into an empire from the 10th century to 1917.
HIST 425 History of the Soviet Union The Bolshevik Revolution and problems of Soviet and Russian history from 1917 to the present.
HIST 455 History of Women in Europe This course will examine the history of women in Europe from the Roman Empire to the present, exploring women's participation in social and family labor systems as well as religious, political and cultural life.  We will explore how women simultaneously participated in and coped with historical processes such as changing religious and political systems, commercialization and industrialization, and state formation.  We will examine major areas of human activity--economic, political, cultural, social, religious, intellectual, to see how they shaped and were in turn shaped by women's activities and women's experiences.  We will consider what this has implied for women's autonomy, choices, and power.
HIST 456A Paradise Lost: History of Anarchism in Europe This course examines anarchism's birth, growth, and development in various parts of Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
HIST 465B History of Spain: Early Modern Spain, 1100 to 1700 This course examines the Iberian Peninsula during the Renaissance and Reformation. The rise of Spain as a Mediterranean, then an Atlantic political and economic power, primarily under the Trastamaras and Habsburgs, will be studied along with the social and cultural factors that contributed to Spain's rise as a World Empire.
HIST 465C History of Spain: Imperial Spain, 1700 to 1898
This course surveys the growth and development of the Spanish Empire, with particular attention to Latin America, under the guidance of the new Spanish dynastic house, the Bourbons. It will focus on reorganization of Spain's political affairs in the old world and the new world. In addition, Spain's socio-economic and cultural development will be discussed.
HIST 465D History of Spain: Contemporary Spain, 1868 to the Present The central theme of this course is the conversion of Spain from a far-flung world empire to a modern European nation-state. It will explore the many political, socio-economic, and cultural changes that have transformed Spain from a nation in decline to one of the leading nations in the European Community.
HIST 465E History of Spain: Modern Spanish Cultural Studies This course will focus on the various elements of Spanish culture that contribute to its cultural distinction.  It will examine Spain's cultural life from various spiritual, literary, athletic, and culinary perspectives and the history of their development.  As such, its central focus will change each time it is offered.
HIST 486

The Ancient World in Film

This course explores the ways in which events and narratives drawn from the ancient Mediterranean have been represented in film, focusing on such issues as the role of the archaeologist in connecting to the ancient past, the depiction of Egypt as a font of mystic (and doomed!) power, and the presentation of Roman spectacle as an emblem of ruthless imperialism.
HIST 495A Studies in Early Europe The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may/may not be required of course registrants.
HIST 495C Topics in Modern European History The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may/may not be required of course registrants.

Performance, Sport, and Spectacle in the Ancient Mediterranean

The course is an enriched exploration of sports, spectacle and theatrical performances in ancient Greece and Rome, incorporating both traditional delivery of content (lectures and discussion based on reading) combined with the opportunity to engage creatively with the material in workshop format. The semester is structured around the ancient festival calendar, moving from private and local dramatic works to Panhellenic athletic competitions to the major performances at the festival of Dionysus in Athens and during the Games in Imperial Rome, culminating with amphitheatrical spectacle under the Emperors. The performative material selected grapples with universal human themes, specifically the formation of cultural identities against the volatile backdrop of war and the tension between the exercise of power and the demands of the populace.
Students will investigate major performance events in their original social and political contexts and then adapt five such events for presentation in a modern setting. These re-enactments will range from an audio-only podcast adaptation of Aristophanes, to staged readings of tragedy and comedy, to a marathon public reading of Homer¿s Iliad, to a re-created Roman arena. Through this kind of active interaction, students will gain a better understanding of foundational texts of the western tradition, texts which were crafted to be heard and seen, as social events, as shared experiences, not in isolation as intellectual exercises.  The dynamic quality of hands-on work also allows insights to the body¿s role in communication, opening windows into subtler non-verbal features of these events, opening different perspectives on ancient content and allowing students to develop broader analytical techniques. By engaging with the historical past on a personal level, by re-experiencing key elements of past societies, students will  acquire powerful and lasting insights on Mediterranean antiquity and on the human experience.


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