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

Spring 2008

HIS 309L • Western Civilization in Modern Times

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Course Description

This class examines Modern Western European History from the Reformation to the present. In the course of the semester, students will become familiar with many of the leading figures, ideas, and events of the modern world. While the history of "great men" will be examined, this course will also trace the changing experiences of ordinary people, as they encountered religious, political and industrial upheaval over the course of four centuries. Students will be exposed to the concerns and methods of historical inquiry through lectures, analysis and discussion of selected texts. The goal of this course is to give each student a solid historical understanding of the European past as well the tools needed for further scholarship in the humanities.

Grading Policy

Map Quiz: 10% Two Short-Answer Quizzes: 5% each Midterm: 40% Final: 40%


Judith Coffin, Robert Stacey, Robert Lerner, Standish Meacham, Western Civilizations: Their History & Their Culture, Fourteenth Edition, Volume 2 (New York: W.W. Norton, 2002). Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre and other Episodes in French Cultural History (New York: Vintage Books, 1984). Vasily Grossman, trans. Thomas Whitney, Forever Flowing (Evanston, Ill: Northwestern Univ. Press, 1972).


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