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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2006

HIS 309L • Western Civ in Modern Times

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38380 to 38385 Multiple Sections UTC 3.122

Course Description

In this course we will discuss some major topics in the development of what we know today as European culture. We will start with the Reformation and end with the present-day European Community. During the course we will try to understand how Europeans' and non-Europeans definitions of Europe changed over time, how these definitions were affected by contemporary conflicts over political power and cultural dominance and why the idea of Europe is so important to present-day civilization.

Grading Policy

There will be three in-class exams, each worth 30% of the grade. In addition during the semester the students will submit six short (one-page) reading reports, all of which are worth 10% of the grade.


Tentative bibliography will include: Voltaire, Candide Mill, John Stuart, On Liberty Dickens, Charles, Hard Times Holtby, Winifred, Mandoa, Mandoa! A Comedy of Irrelevance Isaiah Berlin, Russian Thinkers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto Remarque, Erich Maria, All Quiet on the Western Front Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem And chapters out of: Anderson, Benedict, Imagined Communities Said, Edward, Orientalsm Williams, Raymond, Culture and Society, 1780-1950


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