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HIST 0550 Revolutionary Europe

This course explores European history during the nineteenth century.  Between the French Revolution of 1789 and the 1871 Paris Commune, Europe was shaken by a series of political, social, economic and cultural revolutions. The emergence of national identities, the impact of industrialism and the erosion of old hierarchical structures were among the contributors to this instability. No aspect of traditional society, from monarchy and religious orthodoxy to farming techniques and family patriarchy, remained unquestioned. After 1871 and the unifications of Germany and Italy, the internal peace of Europe seemed to have been re-established under conservative governments. Europe's economic and political dominance over the rest of the world was solidified in this period through the expansion of global empires. Beneath the appearance of stability, however, the sources of new upheavals continued to grow, both within Europe itself and in the European colonies around the world.

Sample topics:

The French Revolution


1848 and nationalism

Middle-class identities

European Imperialism

Gender and family life

Religion and secularization

The Risorgimento

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