HIS 309L • Western Civ in Modern Times
This is an introduction to the history of "the West" from the 16th Century to the end of the 20th. We will include political, economic, social, scientific and cultural developments from the Renaissance to the end of the Cold War. There is a heavy emphasis on reading and analyzing primary sources (sources written contemporary to the time being studied) in this course.
First In-class essay exam 30% Second In-class essay exam 30% One 5-page paper 40%
- James Brophy, et. al., Perspectives from the Past: Primary Sources in Western Civilizations, Vol. 2, 3rd edition (2005). - Either (1) Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front, or (2) Modris Eksteins, Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age - Course Packet - Optional textbook: Judith Coffin, et. al., Western Civilizations, Vol. 2, 15th edition (2005).