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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 335
Course Title: Nineteenth- Century Europe
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

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.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A required text must be assigned (choose from texts 1-3 below) and supplemented with a minimum of two recommended texts (choose from texts 4-18 below). 
Additional primary and secondary sources may be assigned as well.
Use the most current editions from among the followng:

The Nineteenth Century: Europe 1789-1914
By Blanning, T.C.W. (Oxford University Press)
Barricades and Borders: Europe 1800-1914
By Gildea, Robert (Oxford University Press)
Nineteenth-Century Europe
By Rapport, Michael (Palgrave)
The Industrial Revolution
By Beaudoin, Steven,editor (Houghton Mifflin)
Europe Under Napoleon, 1799-1815
By Michael Broers (Edward Arnold)
The Revolutions in Europe, 1848-1849: From Reform to Reaction
By Evans, Robert & Hartmut Pogge Von Strandmann, eds. (Oxford University Press)
Napoleon and the Transformation of Europe
By Alexander Grab (Palgrave McMillan)
The Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918
By Stephen Kern (Harvard University Press)
Cultural Politics at the Fin de Siècle
By Sally Ledger and Scott McCracken (Cambridge University Press)
Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century
By Wolfgang Schivelbusch (University of California Press)
The Butcher's Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town
By Helmut Walser Smith (Norton)
The European Revolutions, 1848-1851
By Jonathan Sperber (Cambridge University Press)
Bismarck and Germany 1862-1890
By D.G. Williamson (Pearson Education)
Household Gods: The British and Their Possessions
By Deborah Cohen (Yale UP)
The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism
By Harriet Ritvo (University of Chicago Press)
The Invention of Tradition
By Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, eds (Cambridge University Press)
Spectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in Fin-de-Siecle Paris
By Vanessa Schwartz (University of California Press)
Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science
By Jennifer Tucker (Johns Hopkins University Press)
Course Objectives

  • To understand the major transformations in European society between the French Revolution/Napoleonic period and World War I.
  • To understand the development of political, social, economic, cultural, religious and intellectual changes that characterized the diversity of Europe during the ‘long nineteenth century.’
  • To understand the emergence of new political constituencies, and efforts within states to appeal to and co-opt them over the course of the century.

    Measurable Learning

  • Identify key aspects of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic poltical and social legacies.
  • Explain the emergence of class as an organizational category.
  • Explain the rise of working class organizations and how they affected European politics and society.
  • Explain the consolidation of key 19th century ideologies, and their effects on Europe.
  • Describe the reasons for the outbreaks of the 1848 revolutions, as well as their legacies.
  • Explain German and Italian unifications and their impact on Europe.
  • Describe the reasons for the growing conflict between European nation-states in the later nineteenth century.
  • Define and explain the fundamental aims of European imperialists in the late nineteenth century.
  • Describe how continental and imperial conflicts contributed to World War I.

    Topical Outline:

    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.  

  • French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe
  • European reactions to the Napoleonic period
  • Industrialization
  • Classical- and reform-liberal ideologies
  • The concepts of class and class formation
  • Marxism and other socialisms
  • The 1848 revolutions
  • Working class organization
  • Realism in European cultural production
  • German and Italian unification
  • Conservative accommodations to reform demands
  • European imperialism as practice and ideology
  • Movement for women's rights
  • The revolt against rationalism
  • Structural, proximate and cultural causes of World War I
  • Additional areas in which the instructor has expertise

    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the History Assessment Test (HAT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: David Karr Date: August 20, 2014
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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.

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