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COURSE CODE: "HS 210-2 "
COURSE NAME: "Nineteenth-Century Europe and the World "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Sabina Donati
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 4:30-5:45 PM
OFFICE HOURS: 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.

Satisfies "Modern History" core course requirement for History majors.

The course focuses on the “long nineteenth century” – 1789-1914. Major themes include: revolutionary upheavals in Europe, political ideologies, national unifications, the industrial age, Empires, citizenship and migration issues, fin-de-siècle culture, and the origin of World War One. There will be two class meetings per week. Lectures are interactive. Students have to come prepared by doing the assigned readings before each class.           


On successful completion of the course, students will be able to acquire a critical understanding of major trends and events within this period of European history; highlight continuities, discontinuities and turning points; make historical comparisons across countries; read and discuss a wide range of primary and secondary sources; develop and improve their research and writing skills in preparation of their history paper.     

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914 WINKS R. W. and J. NEUBERGEROxford University Press0-19-515622-6  
A Concise History of Modern Europe: Liberty, Equality, SolidarityMASON David S.Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.978-1-4422-0533-8 second edition

in-class participation 10%
Mid-term ExamStudents will answer 2 essay questions. (Books and notes are not permitted during the examination). 30%
Final ExamStudents will answer 2 essay questions. (Books and notes are not permitted during the examination). 30%
Paper2000-word paper, fully referenced with footnotes and a bibliography according to The Chicago Manual of Style. Instructions will be given in class. Chosen topics to be agreed by the instructor. 30%

A Work 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 the course.
B This 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.
C This is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
D This 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.
F This work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.


-Attendance is mandatory. Please be punctual.

-During the lessons, mobile phones are kept turned off and in the bag under the table. There is no need to switch them on in class as Napoleon will not call. He will speak to you through the weekly reading.     

-In the classroom you can use your laptop to take notes on the history course, but you are not allowed to surf on the web, send email messages, etc.       

-All students must do the readings before each class meeting.

-Late work will be penalized by grade reduction. No late work will be accepted after the final examination date.

-It is not possible to arrange make-ups for mid-term and final exams. Please see the catalogue for further details.



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.



3 Sept.

1. Course Introduction, Themes Overview, Objectives, and Requirements

5 Sept.

2. The French Revolution, I

-Mason, pp.13-29

-Winks and Neuberger, pp. 1-9

10 Sept.

3. The French Revolution, II

-Merriman J., A History of Modern Europe: From the Renaissance to the Present, New York and London: W.W. Norton, 2004, second edition, pp. 469-516.

12 Sept.

4. Napoleon, France and Europe, I

-Mason, pp. 29-36

17 Sept.

5. Napoleon, France and Europe, II

-Simpson W. and M. Jones, Europe, 1783-1914, London: Routledge, 2000, pp. 61-77.

19 Sept.

6. The Congress of Vienna and the Restoration Period

-Winks and Neuberger, pp. 11-18

24 Sept.

7. The Holy Alliance, the Quadruple Alliance and the Concert of Europe

-Elrod R. B., “The Concert of Europe: A Fresh Look at an International System,” World Politics 28, n. 2 (1976), pp. 159-174. [JSTOR]

26 Sept.

8. Revolutionary Movements in the 1820s-1830s

-Winks and Neuberger, pp. 18-40


1 Oct.

9. Romanticism

-Winks and Neuberger, pp. 41-63

3 Oct.

10. The Industrial Age

-Mason, pp. 37-46

-Winks and Neuberger, pp. 64-92

8 Oct.

11. Karl Marx and The Communist Manifesto

-Mason, pp. 59-69

10 Oct.

12. The Revolutions of 1848

-Winks and Neuberger, pp. 153-182

15 Oct.

13. Revision class

17 Oct.


22 Oct.

15. The Crimean War

-Winks and Neuberger, pp. 185-188

24 Oct.

16. Italian Unification

-Mason, pp. 83-88

-Winks and Neuberger, pp. 192-197

29 Oct.

17. Migration Issues, Citizenship and Italianità, 1861-1914

-Donati S., A Political History of National Citizenship and Identity in Italy, 1861-1945, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013, pp. 69-117.

-Brubaker R., “Migration, Membership, and the Modern Nation-State: Internal and External Dimensions of the Politics of Belonging,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 41, n. 1 (2010), pp. 61-78. [JSTOR]

31 Oct.

18. Bismarck and German Unification

-Winks and Neuberger, pp. 197-204


5 Nov.

19. Darwinism and Social Darwinism

-Mason, pp. 71-82

7 Nov.

20. European Imperialism and the Scramble for Africa

-Winks and Neuberger, pp. 257-288

12 Nov.

21. Citizens and Colonial Subjects in Italy’s African Territories        

-Barrera G., “The Construction of Racial Hierarchies in Colonial Eritrea: The Liberal and Early Fascist Period (1897-1934),” in A Place in the Sun: Africa in Italian Colonial Culture from Post-Unification to the Present, edited by P. Palumbo, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003, pp. 81-115.

14 Nov.

22. Britain in China

-Bickers R., “Shanghailanders: The Formation and Identity of the British Settler Community in Shanghai, 1843-1937,” Past & Present, n. 159 (1998), pp. 161-211.[JSTOR]

19 Nov.

23. Britain, Indian Seafarers and World Shipping

-Fisher M. H., “Working across the Seas: Indian Maritime Labourers in India, Britain, and in Between, 1600-1857,” International Review of Social History 51, suppl. (2006), pp. 21-45. [JSTOR] 

21 Nov.

24. Italy’s Informal Empire in China

-Marinelli M., “The Encounter between Italy and China: Two Countries, Multiple Stories,” Journal of Modern Italian Studies 15, n. 4 (2010), pp. 491-501. [JSTOR]

26 Nov.

25. Europe and the Concessions in Tianjin

-Marinelli M., “The Genesis of the Italian Concession in Tianjin: A Combination of Wishful Thinking and Realpolitik,” Journal of Modern Italian Studies 15, n. 4 (2010), pp. 536-556.  [JSTOR]

28 Nov.

26. The Last Years of the Nineteenth Century: Fin de Siècle and Belle Époque

-Winks and Neuberger, pp. 289-299


3 Dec.

27. The First World War

-Mason, pp. 103-114

5 Dec.

28. Revision Class

10 Dec.


Please note that additional handouts and primary source documents will be made available on MyJCU.