JCU Logo

JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "HS 210-1"
COURSE NAME: "Nineteenth-Century Europe and the World "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Gene Ogle
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 3:00-4:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment--Ask me just after class or e-mail me.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
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.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
There are two class meetings a week, composed of discussion with some lecture.  Most of the discussion portion of class will be spent examining and analyzing course readings assigned for discussion (labeled "DISC:" in the Course Schedule below).  Your active participation in classroom discussions will determine a significant portion of your final grade (15%).


LEARNING OUTCOMES:
In successfully completing this course, you should:

     Cultivate an understanding of the most important themes and developments of nineteenth-century European and global history;
     Develop an understanding of some of the most important modes of analysis that historians use to reconstruct and interpret that past.

You should work on developing (and improving) the following skills:

      Critical analysis of primary sources;
      Critical analysis of historians’ and other scholars' arguments;
      Developing well-reasoned, well-supported arguments;
      Effectively communicating your arguments in writing and oral discussion.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
A Concise History of Modern Europe: Liberty, Equality, Solidarity, Fourth EditionDavid S. MasonRowman & Littlefield Publishers9781538113271 Available at the Almost Corner Bookshop
The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of EmpireRaymond JonasBelknap Press978-0674503847 Available at the Almost Corner Bookshop
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
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. In addition, for each class session, you should prepare a brief statement or question about one or more of the discussion readings (those labeled "DISC:") assigned for that day. Send these to me by e-mail by no later than 10 a.m. on the day of class. These statements or questions should be analytical, i.e., statements should point towards how we can use the reading to better understand the relevant past phenomena (or for secondary sources, how we may critique them) and questions should be aimed at pushing us to understand (or discuss or debate) what the reading may tell us about that past. 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.15%
2-3 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.15%
Midterm ExamThe midterm exam will be composed of two essay questions I will give you the class before the exam. You will answer one of those questions. The exam will be open book and open notes. As it is a pre-circulated, open-book exam, you will be expected to cite any authors and works you use in developing your arguments. 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%
Paper on The Battle of Adwa (4-6 Pages)In this paper, you will examine some feature of late 19th-century history that Raymond Jonas's The Battle of Adwa allows us to explore. Your grade will be determined by the strength of your analysis, the persuasiveness of your argument (including quality of writing), and the originality of your thought. I will provide you with further guidelines regarding this assignment later in the session. 15%
Final ExamThe final exam will be composed of two essay questions I will give you the week before the exam. You will answer one of those questions. The exam will be open book and open notes. As it is a pre-circulated, open-book exam, you will be expected to cite any authors and works you use in developing your arguments. 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. 30%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
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 the course.
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.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:

There are no specific attendance requirements for this course.  See above on participation, keeping in mind that to participate adequately you of course need to be present on a regular basis.

ACADEMIC HONESTY
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.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
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.

SCHEDULE

Important Course Policies

All assignments must be submitted in the form of both hard and electronic copies (e-mail them to me as .pdf, .doc, or .docx files).

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. Please remember that, as the University's policy states, "Plagiarism can be deliberate or negligent; students are responsible for ensuring that any work submitted with their name on it is properly referenced."  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--if you have questions as to whether particular pieces of material should be cited, ask me. 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 and Other Course Readings

1. Go to the internal web site (MY JCU).
2. After you have logged in, click on the course post-it for Spring 2019, HS 210-1. Then click on shared files.
3. Please note that handouts in the form of pdf documents may not open with some internet browsers (in particular there seem to be incompatibilities with Chrome).  If a source doesn't open, try another browser; if the problem persists please e-mail me.
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).
5. All other course readings are either in the form of the books listed above or available on-line through the links on this syllabus.
6. 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 if need be search for the article manually.


Recommended Reading

The textbook for the course is a very short and basic introduction to major developments in nineteenth-century Europe (it should be available at the Almost Corner Bookshop, Via del Moro, 45).  Also, given the global scope of the course, we will rarely be able to discuss specific historical events to the extent that they merit.  As such, you may find it useful to read one or more of the following to get a fuller, deeper review of European and world History during the 19th century:

Robin W. Winks and Joan Neuberger, Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914
C.A. Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914
Jonathan Sperber, Revolutionary Europe, 1780-1850 and Europe 1850-114: Progress: Participation and Apprehension



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. (LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 27)

1/22.  Introductions—Europe and the World, Modernity, and the Old Regime

1/24, 1/29.  The Legacies of the Old Regime, French Revolution, and Napoleon, I 
Mason, 1-36 (Introduction, Chps. 1-2)
DISC: "Modernity and Early Modern Executions" (MyJCU)
DISC: "Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen" 
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/rightsof.asp


1/31.  The Legacies of the Old Regime, French Revolution, and Napoleon, II
Review Mason, 23-36 (Chp. 2)
DISC: "Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen" 
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/rightsof.asp
DISC: Woolf, “The Construction of a European World-View in the Revolutionary-Napoleonic Years,” 72-101 
http://www.jstor.org/stable/650852 

Optional Due Date for Reaction Paper 1


2/5.  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) http://history.hanover.edu/courses/excerpts/111toc.html
DISC: Burke and Tocqueville on Empire (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Optional Due Date for Reaction Paper 1

2/7.  The Industrial Revolution—Social and Cultural Ramifications
DISC: Ure, "The Philosophy of the Manufacturers, 1835" http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1835ure.asp
DISC: “Leeds Woollen Workers Petition, 1786” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1786machines.asp
DISC: “Letter from Leeds Cloth Merchants, 1791” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1791machines.asp
DISC: “Observations on the Loss of Woollen Spinning, 1794” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1794woolens.asp
DISC: Stearns, "The Social History Approach," 207-213 (Shared Files, MyJCU)                  
DISC: “Women Miners in the English Coal Pits”  http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1842womenminers.asp                                 
DISC: Dickens, "Excerpt from Hard Times" (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Recommended: Marks, "The Industrial Revolution and Its Consequences, 1750-1850," 97-125 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Optional Due Date for Reaction Paper 1


2/12.  Questions of Feeling--Romanticism and Religious Revival
DISC: Salmi, "From the Cult of Genius to Worship of Art," 43-57 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Optional Due Date for Reaction Paper 1

2/14.  Ideologies, II—Economic Liberalism and Early Socialisms
DISC: Smith, "Excerpt from The Wealth of Nations" (MyJCU)
DISC: Ricardo, "The Iron Law of Wages"
http://legacy.fordham.edu/Halsall/mod/ricardo-wages.asp
     If the above link doesn't work, try this one:  http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/Halsall/mod/ricardo-wages.asp
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)
DISC: Tristan, “Excerpts from Worker's Union" (Shared Files, MyJCU)                 
Last Possible Due Date for Reaction Paper 1 


2/19.  Ideologies, III—Nationalism
Mason, 47-52 (First four sections of Chp. 4)
DISC: Herder, “Materials for the Philosophy of the History of Mankind, 1784”
http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/mod/1784herder-mankind.asp

DISC: Fichte, "To The German Nation"https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/1806fichte.asp
DISC: Mazzini, "An Essay on the Duties of Man" https://history.hanover.edu/texts/mazzini/mazzini5.html      

2/21.  The "Restoration" and Its Discontents
Review Mason, 47-52 (First four sections of Chp. 4)
DISC: Guizot, “Condition of the July Monarchy, 1830-1848” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1848guizot.asp     

2/22.  FIRDAY OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY MAKE-UP:  A Shifting of the Tide—China, The British Empire, and Opium Wars
DISC:  Lim and Kammerling Smith, eds., "The First Opium War" (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Recommended:  Davis, "12. Explanations of British Abolitionism," 231-249 in Inhuman Bondage (Electronic Resource Available Through JCU Library--click on the link below, then click table of contents and read chapter 12) http://search.ebscohost.com.jcu.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=169153&site=ehost-live

Optional Due Date for 2nd Reaction Paper

 


2/26.  Legacies of the Dual Revolutions Beyond Europe--The Middle East and Beyond
DISC: Hermassi, "The French Revolution and the Arab World," 127-139 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
DISC: Sayyid Jamal Ad-Din 'Al-Afghani', "Lecture on Teaching and Learning," 70-74 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Optional Due Date for 2nd Reaction Paper

2/28.  Midterm Examination


3/5.  A Permanent State of Crisis?--Mid-Century Global Instability (or Imperial and Civil Wars)
DISC: Bayly, "Between World Revolutions," 125-169 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Optional Due Date for 2nd Reaction Paper

3/7.  A Permanent State of Crisis?, II--Mid-Century European Instability (or the Revolutions of 1848)
Mason, 52-57 (Rest of Chp. 4)
DISC: “Documents of the Revolution of 1848 in France” http://history.hanover.edu/texts/fr1848.html                  
DISC: Schurz, “A Look Back at 1848, 1907” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1848schurz.asp          


3/19.  The Industrial Revolution, III--A Second Revolution?
DISC: Taylor, “The Principles of Scientific Management, 1911”
http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/mod/1911taylor.asp
DISC: “Tables Illustrating the Spread of Industrialization”
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/indrevtabs1.html
DISC: “Spread of Railways in 19th Century”
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/indrev6.html

3/21.  Uniting the World--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
Optional Due Date for 2nd Reaction Paper


3/26.  Uniting the World, Dividing Spaces and People:  Urban Transformations
DISC:  Bayly. "Worldwide Urban Cultures and their Critics," 194-198
(Shared Files, MyJCU)
DISC:  Headrick, "Cities, Sanitation, and Segregation," 145-170 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Optional Due Date for 2nd Reaction Paper

3/28.  Modern Living--Consumerism, Class and Culture
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)
Optional Due Date for 2nd Reaction Paper


4/2.  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)”
http://history.hanover.edu/courses/excerpts/111dar.html
DISC: Wilberforce, “On Darwin's Origin of Species, 1860"
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1860wilberforce-darwin.asp
DISC: Mivart, “On the Genesis of the Species, 1871"
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1871mivart.asp
DISC: Gladstone, “Points of Supposed Collision Between the Scriptures and Natural Science, 1872"
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1872gladstone.asp
Optional Due Date for 2nd Reaction Paper


4/4.  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) http://www.marx.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/index.htm  
DISC: Bernstein, "Evolutionary Socialism" http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/bernstein-revsoc.asp
DISC: Bakunin, "Stateless Socialism: Anarchism" http://marxists.org/reference/archive/bakunin/works/various/soc-anar.htm
DISC: "Documents on Russian Imperial Politics" (Shared Files, MyJCU)

Optional Due Date for 2nd Reaction Paper


4/9.  Ideologies, V--Nationalism Transformed?
Mason, 83-92 (Chp. 7)
DISC: Hobsbawm, "Mass Producing Traditions," 263-307 (Shared Files, MyJCU)

Last Possible Due Date for 2nd Reaction Paper
Start Reading Jonas, The Battle of Adwa

4/11.  Modernization, International Competition, and the State (France and/or Mexico)
DISC:  Review "Louis Napoleon's Campaign Manifesto," in “Documents of the Revolution of 1848 in France” http://history.hanover.edu/texts/fr1848.html
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)
Continue Reading Jonas, The Battle of Adwa


4/16.  Modernization, International Competition and the State, II (Russia and/or Japan)
DISC: "Documents on Russian Imperial Politics" (Shared Files, MyJCU)--Review
DISC: "Emperor Meiji's Letter to President Grant on Iwakura Mission, 1871," 31-32 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
DISC:  Documents on 19th-Century Japan (Excerpts from Peter Duus, ed., The Japanese Discovery of America, 58-61,67-70,90-96) (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Continue Reading Jonas, The Battle of Adwa

4/18.  "High Imperialism," I--Means, Mechanisms and Motivations
Mason, 93-102 (Chp. 8)

DISC: Lugard, "The Rise of Our East African Empire, 1893" http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/mod/1893lugard.asp
DISC: Ferry, "On French Colonial Expansion, 1884"
http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/mod/1884ferry.asp
DISC: Jonas, The Battle of Adwa, 1-108


4/23  "High Imperialism", II--Opposition, Limits, and Experiences
DISC: Pomeranz and Topik, "How Africa Resisted Imperialism" (Shared Files, MyJCU)
DISC: Jonas, The Battle of Adwa, 111-207

4/30.  "High Imperialism", III--Outcomes, Metropolitan Experiences, Racism, and "Civilization"
DISC: Galton, "The Comparative Worth of Different Races" (Shared Files, MyJCU)
DISC: Jonas, The Battle of Adwa, 211-335



5/2.  Is This the End?--Fin de Siècle Culture and the Rise of an Avant-Garde
Mason, 103-107 (First five sections of Chp. 9)

DISC: Salmi, "Fin de Siècle: The End of a Century," and "Conclusion: Things to Come," 124-147 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Paper on The Battle of Adwa Due (NOTE THIS HAS CHANGED)


Final Exam--TBA (Final Exam Period May 6-10)