for History 2, last taught Spring 2004
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A principal goal of this course is to provide you with an overview of
the history of European civilization from the French Revolution through
the twentieth century. The course will help students understand the
major political and social issues and cultural themes which have defined
concepts of humanity and society in the Western world in the eighteenth,
nineteenth and twentieth century.
A second, and equally important, goal is to develop student writing.
This is a Writing Intensive course. The majority of your grade for this
semester will be based upon your writing. Throughout the semester you
will weekly reaction papers based upon the weeks reading (choose one
or two sources a week that you find especially interesting). The reaction
paper must be typed and more than one page in length. In order to attend
a discussion class period you must bring a reaction paper with you,
no paper means no attendance. You will also write three formal papers
this semester. Each paper must be typed and about seven to eight pages
long. All papers will be based upon the primary source readings assigned
in the course; no external reading is required. We will dedicate class
time to building your writing skills and you will re-write your first
two papers. I will penalize late papers and late re-writes. Given the
volume of writing expected of you this semester you cannot afford to
fall behind. There will not be a midterm exam, the final exam will be
a take-home cumulative exam due during finals week.
You must attend class and be prepared to discuss the topics of the day.
If you miss more than 2 classes this semester your grade will be lowered.
If you regularly arrive late to class your grade will be lowered.
When you submit papers and your final exam in this class the ideas and
words in these essays must be your own. You must provide proper citations
to credit other authors when you borrow their words and ideas, if you
do not do so you are plagiarizing. If you plagiarize in this class you
will receive an F for the class and your case will be turned over to
the Dean’s Office for further action. I am serious about this.
Do NOT plagiarize.
Karl Marx paper 20% Reaction papers 20%
Vera Brittain Paper 20% Final Exam 10%
Sebastian Hafter Paper 20% Class Participation 10%
Vera Brittain, A Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the
Years 1900-1925. London: Gollancz, 1981.
Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler. New York: Picador, 2000.
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto. NY: Penguin
Wiesner, Ruff and Wheeler, Discovering the Western Past. NY: Houghton
Mifflin, 2000.Week One Introduction
Week Two The Industrial Transformation of Europe
1/26 Industrialization in England
Readings Wiesner, Ruff & Wheeler, Chapter 6
Week Three The French Revolution
2/2 Revolution in France
Readings Wiesner, Ruff & Wheeler, Chapter 5
Week Four Urbanization
2/9 1848 and the subsequent Rebuilding of Paris
Readings Wiesner, Ruff & Wheeler, Chapter 8
Week Five Victorian England
2/17 Nineteenth-Century England
Readings Wiesner, Ruff & Wheeler, Chapter 7
Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
Week Six Nationalism
2/23 German and Italian Unification
Readings Handout, Perry Rogers pages 208-220
Karl Marx Paper Due 2/25 in class
Week Seven The Age of Imperialism
3/1 Europe “Conquers” the Globe
Readings Wiesner, Ruff & Wheeler, Chapter 9
Vera Brittain, A Testament of Youth Chapters 1-3
Week Eight The First World War
3/8 Carnage in the Trenches
Readings Wiesner, Ruff & Wheeler, Chapter 11
Vera Brittain, A Testament of Youth Chapters 4-6
Week Nine The Russian Revolution
3/15 Revolution in Russia
3/17 Discussion (we will discuss Vera Brittain)
Readings Vera Brittain, A Testament of Youth Chapters 18-10
Week Ten The Interwar Years: The Rise of Fascism
3/22 The Rise of Hitler and Mussolini
Readings Wiesner, Ruff & Wheeler, Chapter 13
Vera Brittain Paper Due 3/24 in class
Week Eleven The USSR
3/29 The USSR in the 1920s and 1930s
Readings Handout, Perry Rogers pages 334-360
Week Twelve Spring Break
Week Thirteen The Second World War
4/12 War, Collaboration and Resistance
Readings Sebastian Hafner, Defying Hitler read all
Week Fourteen The Holocaust
4/19 The Nazi “Final Solution”
Readings Handout, Perry Rogers pages
Sebastian Hafner Paper Due 4/21 in class
Week Fifteen Post War Europe
Readings Wiesner, Ruff & Wheeler, Chapter 14
Readings Wiesner, Ruff & Wheeler, Chapter 15
Final Exam Take home essay exam due Wednesday 5 May before noon to the