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

Spring 2007

HIS 309L • Western Civ in Modern Times

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Course Description

In the world's current geo-political situation, the terms "Western Civilization" or the West is frequently used by the media, politicians and academics. But what do these terms actually mean? Are they based on geography? Or do other, less tangible ideas, such as culture, political systems or religion form the basis of the West? This class will look at the development of Europe from the Protestant Reformation up to the present, examining the political, social, economic and cultural development of Europe. While the lives of Great Men (and women) will be examined, we will also look at the lives of ordinary Europeans as they try to adjust to the various changes in their lives brought about by wars and the development of industry and ideology over the course of four centuries.

Grading Policy

Two map quizzes: 5% each Two short-answer quizzes: 5% each Discussion: 20% Midterm: 30% Final: 30%

Discussion in class will take place on the Fridays for which sections of Mark Mazower's book Salonica: City of Angels have been assigned. During these discussions, we will attempt to link the primary themes of the weeks lectures and textbook readings with Mazowers book.


Required Books: Brian Levack, Edward Muir, Meredith Veldman, Michael Maas, The West: Encounters & Transformations, Second Edition, Volume II: Since 1550 Mark Mazower, Salonica: City of Ghosts. Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950 There will also be a Course Packet at Paradigm Publishing (West 24th and Guadalupe) as well as various internet readings.


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