Course Descriptions: Spring 2014 - HTY 407: The Age of Monarchs and Revolution: Europe, 1648 – 1815
Instructor: Angela Haas
Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 12:10 – 1:00 pm
Description: This course examines the history of Europe from the end of the Thirty Years War through the Napoleonic period. We will begin with a discussion of the social, political, and cultural landscape of Europe, with particular emphasis on the nature of constitutional and absolutist governments that emerged from the seventeenth-century “crisis.” After a careful examination of the traditional relationship between Church, State, and society, we will explore various sources of social change (including the rise of commercialism and the gradual growth of the bourgeoisie) as well as sources of cultural change (including the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the dissemination of printed works). All of these changes contributed to the French Revolution, which proved to be as bloody as it was unprecedented. The course will conclude with an examination of Napoleon’s empire and its impact upon the political, economic, and social fabric of Europe.