Academics

BLS 381: Old Europe / New Europe

This course introduces key figures, movements, and developments from the French Revolution to the end of the Cold War and the formation of a new Europe. As western nations and societies are increasingly intertwined and interdependent, this online course traces the continent’s cultural evolution from its old imperial roots to its integration within the new European Union. The course emphasizes core themes and issues that explore a wide range of perspectives presented through Internet exhibits, online lectures, readings, and multi-media files. Course lectures, group discussions, student presentations and writing assignments center on engaging textbook collections of primary sources and reading selections. The study materials include memoirs of individuals who witnessed important social and political events; excerpts from popular works of fiction; writings of influential thinkers and theorists; and key cultural and historical documents that provide critical and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Textbooks

  • Swanson, John, & Michael Melancon. Modern Europe: Sources & Perspectives from History. Longman, 2002. ISBN 0321086481
  • additional readings online (Kollontai & Nikolaidis)
  • Recommended: Di Scala, Spencer. Twentieth Century Europe. McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN 007016052X