History 201: World History 1400-1900

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History 201
Winter Session, 2011

This course is concerned with the history of Modern Europe from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the present. However, it will not be a survey of all the “important” events and personalities of the period. The central theme will be revolution. This term refers to momentous events such as the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution and World War I. We are also interested in revolutionary changes in thought such as occurred during the Enlightenment and earth shaking social and/or economic developments including the Industrial Revolution and the Pursuit of Empire.

Reading List:

Available at the Bookstore

M. Perry et al, Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics and Society from the 1400s, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009

From the Renaissance to the Present; Sources of the Western Tradition, vol. 2, ed. M. Perry, J.R. Peden and T.H. Von Laue, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 5th edition, 2003.

Grade Distribution

Participation throughout term - 10%
Five quizzes during term - 10%
Mid-Term Examination February 17 - 25%
Term Essay April 7 - 25%
Final Examination Scheduled by Registrar - 30%

The exams and the term essay must be completed in order to receive a passing grade for this course. Assignments will be assessed letter grades. Please see the table in the Undergraduate Calendar (http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/f-2.html).

Participation

Much of approximately every third class will be devoted to group discussion. Our aim is to augment our ability to apply critical thinking to historical problems. Each discussion will relate to topics examined in class and/or readings on blackboard. Written accounts of group sessions will be handed in and assessed by the instructor to determine your participation grade, but they will not be returned. Please ensure that your name is recorded on all group submissions.

Quizzes

Five...
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