This course focuses on the major transformations in European politics, economics, culture, and society between the French Revolution and World War I. Topics include Napoleonic Europe, industrialization, the emergence of class as a concept for explaining social change, the revolutions of 1848, the unification of Germany and Italy, the expansion of European imperialism, the development of a movement for women's rights, and the convergence of tensions which contributed to the outbreak of World War I. Prerequisite: HIST 102 or HIST 112.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
HIST 102 or HIST 112.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered odd Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
A required text must be assigned and supplemented with a minimum of two recommended texts. Additional primary and secondary sources may be assigned as well. Use the most current editions from among the following:
The Nineteenth Century: Europe 1789-1914
By Blanning, T.C.W. (Oxford University Press) Required
Barricades and Borders: Europe 1800-1914
By Gildea, Robert (Oxford University Press) Required
By Rapport, Michael (Palgrave) Required
The Industrial Revolution
By Beaudoin, Steven,editor (Houghton Mifflin) Recommended
Europe Under Napoleon, 1799-1815
By Michael Broers (Edward Arnold) Recommended
The Revolutions in Europe, 1848-1849: From Reform to Reaction
By Evans, Robert & Hartmut Pogge Von Strandmann, eds. (Oxford University Press) Recommended
Napoleon and the Transformation of Europe
By Alexander Grab (Palgrave McMillan) Recommended
The Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918
By Stephen Kern (Harvard University Press) Recommended
Cultural Politics at the Fin de Siècle
By Sally Ledger and Scott McCracken (Cambridge University Press) Recommended
Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century
By Wolfgang Schivelbusch (University of California Press) Recommended
The Butcher's Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town
By Helmut Walser Smith (Norton) Recommended
The European Revolutions, 1848-1851
By Jonathan Sperber (Cambridge University Press) Recommended
Bismarck and Germany 1862-1890
By D.G. Williamson (Pearson Education) Recommended
Household Gods: The British and Their Possessions
By Deborah Cohen (Yale UP) Recommended
The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism
By Harriet Ritvo (University of Chicago Press) Recommended
The Invention of Tradition
By Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, eds (Cambridge University Press) Recommended
Spectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in Fin-de-Siecle Paris
By Vanessa Schwartz (University of California Press) Recommended
• Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science
By Jennifer Tucker (Johns Hopkins University Press) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Identify key aspects of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic political and social legacies.
Explain the development of key 19th century ideologies such as Romanticism, nationalism, liberalism, conservatism, socialism, and feminism, and their effects on Europe.
Describe the reasons for the outbreaks of the 1848 revolutions, as well as their legacies.
Describe the reasons for the growing conflict between European nation-states in the later nineteenth century.
Outline the cultural and technological developments contributing to the emergence of modernity and mass society.
Analyze the fundamental aims of European imperialists in the late nineteenth century.
Describe how continental and imperial conflicts contributed to onset of World War I.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Because the course represents an upper-level history elective, it bears a distinctive responsibility for teaching advanced knowledge within the discipline. It must be distinguished as an advanced course by three structural components: extensive reading, intensive writing, and historiographical thinking. It must require advanced students to complete both in class and out of class projects (i.e., midterms, finals, team reports, quizzes, research papers). The course reading load should be at least 1000 pp.; the course writing assignments should total c5000 words.
Topics to be covered:
French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe
European reactions to the Napoleonic period
Industrialization as revolution and as process
The emergence of 19C ideologies: modern conservatism; classical- and reform-liberalism; socialism; communism
The concepts of class and class formation
Marxism and other socialisms
The 1848 revolutions
Working class organization
Realism in European art and culture
German and Italian unification
Conservative accommodations to reform demands
European imperialism as practice and ideology
Movements for women’s rights
The revolt against rationalism
Structural, proximate, and cultural causes of World War I
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.