The European City in History

Course Outline and Reading Assignments


 I.  The Nature of the City and its Place in the History of Europe [“The Nature and History of Cities” and “Cities: Urban Planning”; the readings are posted on the HSTS 410 Web Site].

The Ancient City

 II.  Imperial Rome, 1st-3rd Centuries [“Rome,” The Dictionary of Art; Hall, Cities in Civilization, “The Challenge to the Urban Order,” 611-620; “The Imperial Capitol: Rome, 50 BC—AD 100,” 621-656; Richard Ingersoll, "Rome: The World City"].  The Dictionary of Art is available on-line through the UNC Pembroke Library.

The Medieval City

 III. The Revival of European Urban Life [Girouard, Cities and People, Chapters 1-4]

 IV. Medieval Paris, Origins to the 14th Century; [William W. Clark and John Bell Henneman, Jr., “Paris,” Medieval France: An Encyclopedia, 698-707].

 V.  Late Medieval Bruges and Renaissance Venice [Girouard, Cities and People, Chapter 5; “Bruges,” The Dictionary of Art, vol. 4, 918-925; Richard Ingersoll, “Medieval Cities: Bruges and Florence”].

The Early Modern City

 VI. Renaissance Florence [Girouard, Cities and People, Chapters 2-5; Hall, Cities in Civilization, “The Rediscovery of Life: Florence, 1400-1500,” 68-113 Richard Ingersoll, “Medieval Cities: Bruges and Florence”].

 VII. High Renaissance and Religious Baroque Rome, 16th century [Girouard, Cities and People, Chapter 6; “Rome” (1420-1500; 1500-1600; and 1600-1750), The Dictionary of Art, vol 26, 755-761];

 VIII. The Bourgeois Baroque: Amsterdam and Antwerp, 17th Century [Girouard, Cities and People, Chapter 7; “Amsterdam,” The Dictionary of Art, vol. 1, 799-805].

 IX. The Aristocratic Baroque City: Paris and Versailles in the 17th Century [Girouard, Cities and People, Chapter 8, pp. 166-180; “Paris,” The Dictionary of Art, vol. 24, 116-123; “Versailles,” The Dictionary of Art, vol. 32, 369-374].

 X.  The European City in the 17th and 18th Centuries:  The Development of Leisure and Cities on a New Scale (Girouard, Cities and People, Chapters 9-10).

The Nineteenth-century City: Population Growth and The Impact of Industrialization

 XI. Industrial Manchester [Girouard, Cities and People, Chapter 12; Hall, Cities in Civilization, “The First Industrial City:  Manchester, 1760-1830,” 310-347].

 XII. London and the Growth of the Suburb [Girouard, Cities and People, Chapter 13; Hall, Cities in Civilization, “The Utilitarian City: London, 1825-1900,” 114-158, 657-705].

 XIII. Paris: Urban Renewal and Culture [Girouard, Cities and People, Chapter 14; Hall, Cities in Civilization, “The City of Perpetual Public Works: Paris, 1850-1870, 706-745; “The Capital of Light, Paris, 1870-1910].

 XIV. Aspects of the Nineteenth-century City [Girouard, Cities and People, Chapter 15].

The Twentieth Century: The Metropolitan City

 XV. Imperial and Weimar Berlin, 19th-20th Centuries [Hall, Cities in Civilization, “The Pioneer Technopolis: Berlin, 1840-1930,” 377-395; “The Invention of the Twentieth Century: Berlin, 1918-1933,” 239-278; A Short History of Berlin].

 XVI. Socialist Utopias:  Soviet Moscow in the 20th Century [“Moscow,” The Dictionary of Art, vol. 22, 168-175, 180-185].

 XVII. The Modern Metropolis:  New York City, 20th Century (Girouard, Cities and People, Chapter 15).

Conclusion: Reflections on the History of the European City

 XVII.  Conclusion:  The City as Babylon or Jerusalem? (Girouard, Cities and People, Chapter 17).


Approximate Test Dates:

Test I:  ca. 13 February 2007

Test II:  ca. 29 March 2007

Test III (Final Examination) 01 May 2007 @ 11:00am.

Other Due Dates:

Internet Analysis: 30 January 2007

Paper Proposal and Preliminary Bibliography: 22 February 2007

Optional Rough Draft of the Paper: 22 March 2007

Research Paper Due: 19 April 2007

Optional Extra Credit Essay Due: 26 April 2007


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