Fall 2008

Europe in the Nineteenth Century: The Making of the Modern World, 1789-1914

Listed in: History, as HIST-02


Michal Shapira (Section 01)


(EU) The study of the history of Europe in the nineteenth century is vital to an understanding of the shaping of our world today. This course covers the major transformations in European politics, culture, philosophy, economy, art, and music from the French Revolution to the First World War. Topics will include: industrialization; the rise of modern nationalism and the ideologies of liberalism, conservatism, utopian socialism, Marxism, and feminism; city life and urban decadence; Victorian sexualities; racism and science; imperialism; social unrest and revolution; the rise of mass politics and culture; theories on population and the shifting roles of men and women; the invention of photography, and changes in notions of time and space. We will listen to operas; view modernist art and popular culture artifacts; and read, among other authors, Freud, Marx, Nietzsche, and Darwin. Two class meetings per week. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Shapira.