A Description of Our Course

In this course, "The Making of Modern Europe, c. 1300-1815," we will learn about continental Europe and the British Isles from the late Middle Ages to the age of Napoléon. This course studies the movement of people and ideas in European history beginning with the early fourteenth century. The students are asked to build a narrative of European history, understanding the major historical events and processes of the early-modern era through the French Revolution and the Age of Napoléon, examining them for their political, economic, diplomatic, religious, social, and cultural implications. Students will engage both primary and secondary sources in their study of the past, cultivating their skills as blossoming historians and effective writers. 

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