Welcome to HIST 122

This course examines the history of Western Civilization from the French Revolution of the late 18th century and the long shadow it cast over 19th century states and societies to the World Wars and dramatic dismantling of European global empires in the 20th century. Our main sources for understanding this history are the statements and reflections that contemporaries made on the radical changes and surprising continuities of their times. In reading and discussing them, we will make sense of the ideas and questions that informed and arose from the politics, social organization, warfare, and economies of modern European history.

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