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COURSE NAME: "Nineteenth-Century Europe and the World "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session I 2017

EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 9:00 AM 10:45 AM
OFFICE HOURS: MTW 11:00-12:00 or By Appointment

This course explores the history of Europe and its relations with the larger world from the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I. In it, students investigate the cultural, diplomatic, economic, political, and social developments that shaped the lives of nineteenth-century Europeans. Significant attention will be given to the relationship between Europeans and peoples in other parts of the world, the development of new political ideologies and systems, and the ways in which everyday life and culture changed during this period.
There will be four class meetings a week, composed primarily of discussion with occasional lecture. Most of the discussion portion of class will be spent examining the assigned readings. You should always feel free to ask questions about the lectures or the textbook reading.  Your active participation in classroom discussions will determine a significant portion of your final grade (15%).
In successfully completing this course, you should cultivate an understanding of the most important themes and developments of nineteenth-century European history. You should also develop an understanding of some of the most important modes of analysis that historians use in reconstructing the past.

In this course, you should work on developing the following skills: critical analysis of primary sources and historians’ arguments, developing your own well-reasoned and well-supported arguments, and effectively communicating your arguments in writing.
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
A Concise History of Modern Europe: Liberty, Equality, Solidarity, Third EditionDavid S. MasonRowman & Littlefield Publishers978-1442236974  

ParticipationYour participation grade will primarily be determined by your active participation in our classroom discussions. To do so in an adequate manner, you absolutely must do the class readings by the dates for which they are assigned. You also must bring copies of those readings to class so that you may consult them during our discussions and you may be asked to leave the classroom should you fail to do so. Please note that behaving in ways that create distractions for other members of the class (including the professor) will lower your participation grade. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to: messaging, checking Facebook or other social networks, catching up on e-mail, watching on-line videos, reading non-class related materials, studying for other courses, shopping on-line, and generally any activity that detracts from your or any other classmate's full participation in what we are doing in the classroom.20%
4 Reaction Papers (1-2 Pages Each)In each of the reaction papers (see the course schedule for due dates), you will develop a brief but coherent and well-supported argument regarding the discussion readings for the day on which the paper is due. In these papers, you should not summarize the reading, but rather develop a main thought of your own building on those readings. Ways of developing such arguments include, but are not limited to: critiquing some part of the argument of a secondary source, testing some part of the argument of a secondary source through the analysis of a primary source, comparing and contrasting different readings, or developing a point made by one of the authors more fully and in doing so explaining more of what it may tell us about the subject under discussion. Your grade for these reaction papers will be determined by the strength and focus of your analysis, the persuasiveness of your argument (including quality of writing), and the originality of your thought.20%
Midterm ExamThe midterm exam will be composed of two essay questions I will give you before the exam. You will answer one of those questions. The exam will be open book and open notes. Your grade on the exam will depend upon the analytical strength and persuasiveness of your arguments, your capacity to discuss the material we cover in the course as a whole (including level of mastery of course readings), and the factual accuracy of your answers. 25%
Final ExamThe final exam will be composed of two essay questions I will give you before the exam. You will answer one of those questions. The exam will be open book and open notes. Your grade on the exam will depend upon the analytical strength and persuasiveness of your arguments, your capacity to discuss the material we cover in the course as a whole (including level of mastery of course readings), and the factual accuracy of your answers. 35%

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.


See above on participation.

As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


Important Course Policies

All assignments must be handed in the form of both hard  and electronic copies (e-mail them to me).

All late work will be penalized by at least one letter grade.  No late work will be accepted following the final examination.

Any documented case of academic dishonesty on any assignment will result not only in a failing grade for the assignment in question but also in a failing grade for the course as a whole. If you have questions about how to cite material properly, refer to the appropriate sections of the MLA Style Manual or Chicago Manual of Style. There are copies of both in the reference section of the library. Please note that submitting work that you have previously submitted (or plan to submit) for credit in another course is also a form of academic dishonesty, unless you obtain explicit approval from both instructors to do so. For this course, no such double submission is allowed. Please note that your papers may be submitted to turnitin.com to check their content for plagiarism.

Accessing Shared Documents on MyJCU 

     1. Go to the internal web site (MY JCU).
     2. After you have logged in, click on the course post-it for Summer I 2017, HS 210. Then click on shared files.
     3. You should then be able to access any course handouts not accessible by clicking the links on this syllabus.
     4. Be sure to check the handouts page frequently for changes and updates.  Similarly, I will post messages on the MyJCU board should I need to contact you in between class meetings (e.g., in the case of an unexpected class cancellation, etc.).

Accessing J-Stor Readings

While on campus, you should be able to access these readings simply by clicking on the links on the syllabus.  On the page that appears, you can find links to download the full article as a PDF file or to print it out.  Off-campus you may need to go to the website for the Frohring Library, click on the link for "Databases" and "J-Stor" and then search for the article manually.

Course Schedule (Please note that the following is subject to change--any updates will be made to the on-line syllabus, available on the University's webpage: http://www.johncabot.edu/academics/courses/course-schedules-syllabi.aspx.) 


5/22.  Introductions—Europe and the World, Modernity, and the Old Regime

5/23.  The Legacies of the Old Regime, French Revolution, and Napoleon, I 
Mason, 1-36 (Introduction, Chps. 1-2)
DISC: "Modernity and Early Modern Executions" (Shared Files, MyJCU)
DISC: "Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen" 


DISC: Woolf, “The Construction of a European World-View in the Revolutionary-Napoleonic Years,” 72-101 http://www.jstor.org/stable/650852 
Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 1

5/24.  Ideologies, I--Conservatism and Liberalism
DISC: Burke, “Reflections on The Revolution in France, 1791” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1791burke.html 
DISC: Tocqueville, Democracy in America (excerpts)  

DISC: Burke and Tocqueville on Empire (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 1

5/25.  The Industrial Revolution, I—Causes, Technology and Work
Mason, 37-46 (Chp. 3)
DISC: Ure, "The Philosophy of the Manufacturers, 1835"
DISC: “Leeds Woollen Workers Petition, 1786”
DISC: “Letter from Leeds Cloth Merchants, 1791”
DISC: “Observations on the Loss of Woollen Spinning, 1794”

DISC: Stearns, "The Social History Approach," 207-213 (Shared Files, MyJCU)                    

DISC: “Women Miners in the English Coal Pits”
Last Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 1  

5/29.  Ideologies, II—Economic Liberalism and Early Socialisms

DISC: Smith, "Excerpt from The Wealth of Nations" (Shared Files, MyJCU)
DISC: Ricardo, "The Iron Law of Wages"
DISC: Fourier, “Theory of Social Organization” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1820fourier.asp
DISC: Fourier, "Excerpts from The Theory of the Four Movements" (Shared Files, MyJCU)                 
Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 2

5/30.  Ideologies/-isms, III—Nationalism and Romanticism
Mason, 47-52 (First four sections of Chp. 4)
DISC: Herder, “Materials for the Philosophy of the History of Mankind, 1784”

DISC: Fichte, "To The German Nation"


DISC: Mazzini, "An Essay on the Duties of Man"

DISC: Salmi, "From the Cult of Genius to Worship of Art," 43-57 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 2

5/31.  The "Restoration" and Its Discontents
Review Mason, 47-52 (First four sections of Chp. 4)
DISC: "Carlsbad Resolutions"

DISC: Guizot, “Condition of the July Monarchy, 1830-1848”                 

6/1.  Beyond Europe—The British Empire, Abolition, and Opium Wars
DISC:  Davis, "12. Explanations of British Abolitionism," 231-249 in Inhuman Bondage (Electronic Resource Available Through JCU Library)

DISC:  Lim and Kammerling Smith, eds., "The First Opium War" (Shared Files, MyJCU)   
Last Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 2

6/5.  Midterm Examination

A Permanent State of Crisis?--Mid-Century Instability
Mason, 52-57 (Rest of Chp. 4)
DISC: Bayly, "Between World Revolutions," 125-169 (Shared Files, MyJCU)        
DISC: Schurz, “A Look Back at 1848, 1907”                  
Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 3         

6/7.  The Industrial Revolution, II--Economic Crises and a Second Revolution?
DISC: Taylor, “The Principles of Scientific Management, 1911”
DISC: “Tables Illustrating the Spread of Industrialization”
DISC: “Spread of Railways in 19th Century”
Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 3

6/8.  Uniting the World, Dividing Peoples--Transportation and the Telegraph, Trade and Migration
DISC: Zolberg, "Global Movements, Global Walls," 279-303 (Shared Files, MyJCU)

DISC:  "Letters from Polish Immigrants in
America" http://www.jaha.org/edu/discovery_center/push-pull/letterstohome.html
DISC:  Headrick, "Cities, Sanitation, and Segregation," 145-170 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Last Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 3

6/12.  Modern Living--Urban Transformations, Consumerism and Class
DISC:  Bayly. "Worldwide Urban Cultures and their Critics," 194-198 (Shared Files, MyJCU)

DISC:  Zola, The Ladies' Paradise, excerpts, 233-251, 259-269 (Shared Files, MyJCU)

DISC:  Explore images of the Bon Marché at
http://expositions.bnf.fr/zola/bonheur/borne/accueil.htm (click on parts of the image to see the image)
DISC: Bauer, "Extranjerizacion: The Self-Estrangement of the Belle Epoque Elite," 150-164 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 4

6/13.  Modern Faiths--Religion and Science
Mason, 71-81 (Chp. 6)

DISC: Bayly, "Empires of Religion," 325-365 (Excerpts, Shared Files, MyJCU)

DISC: Darwin, “On the Origin of Species (1859)”
DISC: Darwin, “The Descent of Man, 1871”
DISC: Wilberforce, “On Darwin's Origin of Species, 1860”
DISC: Mivart, “On the Genesis of the Species, 1871”
DISC: Gladstone, “Points of Supposed Collision Between the Scriptures and Natural Science, 1872”

Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 4

6/14.  Ideologies, IV--Marxist Socialism, Russian Populism and Anarchism
Mason, 59-69 (Chp. 5)
DISC: Marx and Engels, “The Communist Manifesto” (PDF version, read pp. 14-34)                    
DISC: Bernstein, "Evolutionary Socialism"
DISC: Bakunin, "Stateless Socialism: Anarchism"
DISC: "Documents on Russian Imperial Politics" (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 4

6/15.  Ideologies, V--Nationalism Transformed?
Mason, 83-92 (Chp. 7)
DISC: Hobsbawm, "Mass Producing Traditions," 263-307 (Shared Files, MyJCU)

Last Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 4


6/19.  Modernization, International Competition, and the State (
France and Mexico)
DISC:  "Louis Napoleon's Campaign Manifesto," in “Documents of the Revolution of 1848 in France”

DISC:  Passanati, "'Nada De Papeluchos!' Managing Globalization in Early Porfirian
Mexico," 101-128  http://www.jstor.org/stable/4499391  

DISC: "Porfirio Diaz, Viceroy of Mexico," 316-322 (Shared Files, MyJCU)

6/20.  Modernization, International Competition and the State, II (
Russia and Japan)
DISC: "Documents on Russian Imperial Politics" (Shared Files, MyJCU)
DISC: "Emperor Meiji's Letter to President Grant on Iwakura Mission, 1871," 31-32 (Shared Files, MyJCU)

6/21.  "High Imperialism," I--Means and Motivations
Mason, 93-102 (Chp. 8)

DISC: "British Missionary Letters Urging the Annexation of the South Sea Islands, 1883"
DISC: Lugard, "The Rise of Our East African Empire, 1893"
DISC: Ferry, "On French Colonial Expansion, 1884"
DISC: Prince Ukhtomskii, "Russia's Imperial Destiny, 1891"
DISC: Encyclopedia Britannica, "Congo Free State," 1902-1910 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
DISC: Casement, "The Congo Report" (Shared Files, MyJCU)

6/22.  "High Imperialism", II--Metropolitan Experiences, Racism, and "Civilization"
Mason, 103-107 (First five sections of Chp. 9)
DISC: Pearson, "National Life From the Standpoint of Science, 1900"
DISC: Galton, "The Comparative Worth of Different Races" (Shared Files, MyJCU) 
Salmi, "Fin de Siècle: The End of a Century," (Excerpts, Shared Files, MyJCU)

6/23 (Friday)   FINAL EXAM