HISTORY 427. Modern European Cultural History

Professor:  Robert W. Brown

Course Description

History 427 explores, through a study of the lives and works of selected thinkers, writers, and artists, the European cultural tradition from the Renaissance to the present.  Since these representative individuals, together with the works they created, not only were influenced by their times but also imparted to those times a unique character, they have been grouped, into broadly defined periods, each with its own identity, its so-called “climate of opinion” or Weltanschauung.  By the close of the semester, each student should have gained an overview of the European cultural tradition, an appreciation for the personalities and achievements of a number of important thinkers, writers, artists, and architects, and an understanding of the various stages through which the European mind has moved from the Renaissance to the present.

Course Syllabus

Course Outline and Assigned Readings

Lecture Outlines

Discussion Questions

The Early Renaissance

The High Renaissance and Mannerism

The Northern Renaissance and the Reformation

The Baroque Era

The Scientific Revolution and the Revolution in Political Thought

The Enlightenment and Neo-classicism

Study Guides for the Tests

Examination I
Examination II
Final Examination

Essay Questions for the First Test
Essay Questions for the Second Test
Essay Questions for the Final Examination

Guide to World Wide Web Sites for Modern European Cultural History

Guide to the Analysis of an Internet Site

Instructions for the Image Analysis

Guidelines for Reading a Primary Text

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