Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Park, Peter
Discipline and Number
HIST 3319 Section 001
MW Time 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Course Title
Early Modern Europe

Description of Course:

This course surveys European history from the end of the Middle Ages to the French Revolution (ca.1400-1800). Themes to be covered are the self and society, politics, cultural and intellectual life, and religion. Coverage extends to the European colonies in America, Africa, and Asia. We consider religious, ethnic, gender, class, and regional differences as well as the continuities that form the European tradition. This course will introduce you to the goals and methods of historical inquiry.

Required Texts:

Lynn Hunt, Thomas R. Martin, Barbara H. Rosenwein, R. Po-chia Hsia, and Bonnie G. Smith, The Making of the West: People and Cultures, Vol. B: 1320-1830, 2nd ed. (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2005) ISBN 0312417683

Gene Brucker, Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence (Univ. of California Press, 2005) ISBN 0520244958

Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince (Bedford/St. Martin, 2005) ISBN 9780312149789

Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century England (1997) [excerpts]

William Beik, Louis XIV and Absolutism: A Brief Study with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin, 2000) ISBN 031213309X

Margaret C. Jacob, The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin, 2001) ISBN 0312179979

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, trans. by Burton Pike (Modern Library Classics) ISBN 978-0812969900

and other texts on E-Reserve

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

regular attendance and participation in discussion, mid-term exam, 6-page paper, and final exam

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