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Nineteenth-Century Europe Syllabus (Merriman's 3rd ed)


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Nineteenth-Century Europe Syllabus (Merriman's 3rd ed)

  1. 1. History 200: Europe, 1815-1900 Palmer 223 Block 3, 2011 Professor Kris Pangburn Office: 215F Palmer Hall Email: Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 12:15-1:45 pm and by appointment This course surveys the sweep of European history from Napoleon’s defeat until the dawn of the twentieth century – a period of seventy-five years that witnessed the birth of the modern Western world. Topics to be examined include the expansion of industry and the capitalist system, the clash of conservative, liberal, and socialist ideologies, the rise of nation-states and global empires, the advent of mass party politics, and the inception of the women’s movement. Cultural and intellectual developments will also receive attention. Assigned readings will encompass a wide variety of primary sources, supplemented by several scholarly studies. Readings The following books are available for purchase in the Colorado College Bookstore. If students buy their books on-line, they should be careful to find the editions listed. Merriman, A History of Modern Europe, vol. 2 (Norton, 3rd edition) 9780393933857 NOTE: This textbook will also be used for HY200: 20th-century Europe (Block 5) Balzac, Père Goriot (Signet Classics) 9780451529596 Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto (Penguin) 9780140447576 Mill, On Liberty (Longman) 9780321276148 Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost (Mariner) 9780618001903 Morton, A Nervous Splendor (Penguin) 9780140056679 * All other readings listed on the syllabus will be distributed in a course packet. Grading Participation (incl. discussion leadership) 15% Final exam 25% Two short papers (4-5 pages) 30% One research paper (9-12 pages) 30%
  2. 2. 2   Instructions for the three papers will be given in class. Please make sure that you follow the honor code while writing your essays and confirm your adherence by writing “Honor Code Upheld” and signing your name at the end of each assignment. Students taking the course pass/fail must complete all assignments. If you have a disability and require accommodations for this course, please speak with me privately as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, you will need to register with Disability Services (Learning Commons at Tutt Library, Room 152, 227-8285), the office responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities. Lecture and Reading Schedule Class meetings will begin at 9:30 AM unless otherwise noted. Mon, 10/31: Introduction – The French Revolution and Napoleon Merriman, pp. 479-512 (Napoleon) * 6:15 PM – 8:30 PM, Evening lecture and film (“Napoleon”) Tues, 11/1: Restoration of the Old Order Merriman, pp. 569-579 (Congress of Vienna and Conservatism); 582-585 (Romanticism) Metternich, “Political Confession of Faith” (1820) Carlsbad Decrees (1819) Burke, Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime (1757) Wed, 11/2: Liberalism and Early Nationalism Merriman, pp. 579-582 (Liberalism); 585-612 (Pre-1848 Revolts) Ricardo, On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (1817) Mazzini, “General Instructions for the Members of Young Italy” (1831) Renan, “What is a Nation?” (1882) Thurs, 11/3: Industrial Expansion and the Middle Classes Merriman, pp. 513-553 (Industrial Revolution and Middle-Class Culture) Beeton, The Book of Household Management (1861) Balzac, Père Goriot (1835) – begin Fri, 11/4: A Portrait of Parisian Society ca. 1835 Balzac, Père Goriot (1835) – finish Mon, 11/7: Utopian Socialism and Marxism – SHORT PAPER #1 DUE IN CLASS Merriman, pp. 553-568 (Problems of Industrialization; Early Socialism and Communism) Fourier, Selections from Fourier’s Writings (1835-51) Owen, “Report to the County of Lanark” (1821) Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto (1848), pp. 3-38; 218-258
  3. 3. 3   Tues, 11/8: Revolutions of 1848 Merriman, pp. 613-643 de Tocqueville, Recollections (1850) Schurz, Reminiscences (“Student Movement and Revolution in German States”), 1907 * 11:15 am-12:00 pm: Session with Daryl Alder, History Research Librarian * Wed, 11/9: The New Nationalism: Italy and Germany Merriman, pp. 645-683 Bismarck, Thoughts and Reminiscences (1898) Schurz, Reminiscences (“Meeting with Bismarck”), 1907 * 6:15 PM – 8:00 PM, Evening lecture and film (“The Genius of Charles Darwin”) Thurs, 11/10: Tsarist Russia and France's Second Empire – RESEARCH PROSPECTUS DUE Merriman, pp. 705-734 (Tsarist Russia; France’s Second Empire; Paris Commune) Zeldin, “The Myth of Napoleon III” Von Eckart, “The Man Who ‘Destroyed’ Paris” Kropótkin, Memoirs of a Revolutionist (1899) Fri, 11/11: Victorian Britain and Its Critics Merriman, pp. 684-705 (Victorian England) Mill, On Liberty (1859) * 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Lunch and film (“Victoria and Her Sisters”) Mon, 11/14: Dawn of Mass Party Politics – SHORT PAPER #2 DUE IN CLASS Merriman, pp. 734-796 (France’s Third Republic and Dreyfus Affair; Second Industrial Revolution; Population Explosion; Rise of Workers' Parties) Treitschke, “Our Views” (1879) Review of Drumont’s La France Juive (New York Times, June 13, 1886) Le Bon, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind (1896) Tues, 11/15: Motives for Imperialism Merriman, pp. 819-859 Hobson, Imperialism: A Study (1901) Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost – begin (1-217; 275-279; 292-306) Wed, 11/16: Crimes in the Congo Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost – finish (1-217; 275-279; 292-306)
  4. 4. 4   Thurs, 11/17: Challenges to the Bourgeois Worldview Merriman, pp. 796-818 (Women’s Movement; Cultural Ferment) Nietzsche, The Gay Science (1882) and Beyond Good and Evil (1886) Dixon, “Why Women Are Ceasing to Marry” (1899) Morton, A Nervous Splendor – begin Fri, 11/18: Vienna on the Eve of the Great War Morton, A Nervous Splendor – finish Ronay, “Death in the Vienna Woods” Mon, 11/21: NO CLASS – WRITING DAY Tues, 11/22: NO CLASS – RESEARCH PAPER DUE BY 5:00 PM Wed, 11/23: FINAL EXAM