Modern European History I: 1450-1800
This course surveys the world of early modern Europe from the flowering of the Renaissance in Italy and northern Europe, through the age of the religious wars in the seventeenth century, the eighteenth-century Age of Enlightenment, and developments in Eastern Europe and Russia, culminating in the great watershed of the French Revolution. In addition to covering military and political developments, the course also describes the changes wrought in the social and economic lives of the people of the emerging nation states of Europe.
Print- or Web-based.
Students with credit for HIST 410 or HUMN 416 may not take this course for further credit.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Explain the emergence of the early modern state system.
- Assess the changing role of religion in early modern society.
- Describe the positions of men and women in early modern society.
- Analyse the structure of society in the early modern period.
- Analyse the strength of the principal status groups at various times during the early modern period.
- Explain the impact intellectual developments (for example, the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment) had on early modern society.
- Trace the economic history of early modern Europe.
- Describe differences (where they exist) between eastern and western Europe between 1450 and 1800.
- Account for the French Revolution.
Unit 1 Early Modern Europe
Unit 2 The Emergence of the Renaissance
Unit 3 The Early Modern State
Unit 4 Religious Revolution and Catholic Reformation
Unit 5 The Age of Religious Wars 1560-1648
Unit 6 The Structure of Early Modern Society
Unit 7 Movement and Communication
Unit 8 The Mid-Century Crisis in Politics and Ideas
Unit 9 State Building and Serfdom
Unit 10 Foundations of the Eighteenth-Century State System and Society
Unit 11 Economic Change, Public Order, and Culture in the Eighteenth Century
Unit 12 The Enlightenment
Unit 13 Europe and the French Revolution
Maximum Completion30 weeks.
Required Text and Materials
Students will receive all course materials including the textbooks in their course package.
- Hampson, Norman. The First European Revolution 1776--1815. New York: W. W. Norton, 1979.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9780393950960
- Kamen, Henry. Early Modern European Society. 1st edition. 2000.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 0415158656
- Rice, Eugene F. and Anthony Grafton. The Foundations of Early Modern Europe, 1460--1559. 2nd Edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 1994.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 0393963047
- Woloch, Isser. Eighteenth-Century Europe: Tradition and Progress, 1715--1789. 2nd Edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2012.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9780393929874
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students throughout the course. Primary communication is by phone or by email. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50 % on the final mandatory examination and 50 % overall. It is strongly recommended that students complete all assignments in order to achieve the learning objectives of the course. The total mark will be determined on the following basis: