Netherlands, Maastricht

Europe since the Renaissance - The Making of a Continent and its Identity

when 24 July 2017 - 11 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1000

stages reflecting the trajectory of modern European history and the growth of European identity from the Italian Renaissance to the integration of the continent in present times. Chronologically, we will study the period since ca. 1300 A.D. Geographically, we cover Europe from the British Isles to Russia, from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean Sea. Because some countries and peoples played more prominent roles in European affairs than others, our discussion will focus on the experiences of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Russia, with side glances at events and people elsewhere as appropriate.

The course will be divided into 12 segments, with two-hour written exams after the sixth and the last segment, respectively. Each segment will feature 1 to 4 hours of class time devoted to lectures and PowerPoint presentations by the instructor, and to discussions of assigned primary sources (available as e-texts) and the three books listed below. At the beginning of each class period there will be a short quiz over the assigned readings for that session. Exams will consist of essay questions (some choices provided) and short identifications (some choices provided) with subjects drawn from presentations, readings and discussions.

In addition, students undertake one on-site historical investigation of their choice to a nearby location (museums, exhibits, famous or notorious structures and places, battle sites, etc.). For their project students must have instructor permission and will submit a prospectus, keep a journal, and write a report linking their experience to course themes.

Introduction: The Idea of Europe: Concepts and Reality.
Specific Topics:
I. Italian Renaissance
II. Reformation Era
III. Age of Absolutism
IV. Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment
V. French Revolution and Napoleon
VI. The Industrial Revolution and Its Effects
VII. Nineteenth-Century Cultural/Intellectual Developments
VIII. World War I and Russian Revolution
IX. Totalitarianism
X. World War II
XI. Cold War
XII. European Integration

Course leader

Eric Rust

Course aim

• Familiarity with the evolution of European identity since 1300 A.D.
• Knowing the broad trajectory of European cultural history since the Renaissance
• Acquaintance with landmarks of European modernization over past 700 years
• Placing key individuals, ideas and events in their proper historical context
• Acquiring a sense of Europe’s role in world affairs over the centuries

Fee info

EUR 1000: Course


Not offered.