Revolution, Liberalism, and Nationalism
In Europe, 1789-1914
Professor: Robert W. Brown
History 3290 traces the history of Europe from the eruption of the
Revolution in 1789 to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Because this
century and a quarter is so filled with momentous events and because we
know so much about these events, our coverage must necessarily be
For about the first third of the semester, our attention focuses on
then the dominant nation in Europe, and we will study in succession the
French Revolution, the Napoleonic Empire, and the various legacies
from these events that shaped European affairs until the Revolutions
As we move toward the middle of the century, France recedes into the
and is replaced by Great Britain as we concentrate on the Industrial
and its consequences, political and social changes,and intellectual
like socialism, romanticism, liberalism, and nationalism. Germany
until 1871), the third nation that will receive considerable attention,
first becomes of major importance in the 1860s and then dominates
in the years leading up to World War I. As we progress through the
we will also study the increasing urbanization of Europe, the growth of
mass literacy, and the transformation of family life. Our journey will
conclude with a careful study of late-nineteenth century diplomacy as
try to understand how total war came unexpectedly to Europe in the
of 1914. And, from time to time, we will pause in our journey to
major intellectual, cultural, and artistic movements.
Course Description and Requirements
Course Outline and Reading Assignments
The French Revolution and Napoleon, 1789-1815.
Reaction and Revolution in Europe, 1815-1848.
The Industrial Revolution, 1750s-1850s.
Intellectual and Cultural Life, 1815-1848
Europe in the Era of the Unification Movements, 1851-1871
The Supremacy of
Instructions for the Analysis of an Internet Site
Instructions for the Preparation of a Book Review
Guidelines for the Essay on the Origins ofWorld War I
Links to Internet Resources for HST 3290.
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