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HIS 333: Nineteenth-Century Europe

Fall 2014
MWF 10-10:50a, LAB 201

Prof. Andrew Ross
Department of History
LAB 454
Phone: 601-266-5858
Office Hours: Tuesday 9-11a and by appointment

Course Description: This course traces the political, social, and cultural history of
Europe over the "long" nineteenth century (1789-1914). The major theme of the course is
the concept of European "modernity." During the nineteenth century, Europeans came to
see themselves as standing at the height of civilization. And yet, the century ended with
the slaughterhouse of World War I. This course traces this contradiction as it explores the
ways in which Europe wrestled with both the promises and problems that emerged in the
wake of the French and Industrial Revolutions. Topics covered include the rise of
liberalism and socialism, cultural movements such as Romanticism and modernism, the
emergence of nationalism and the nation-state, the 1848 Revolutions, the unification of
Germany and Italy, the "Eastern Question," imperialism and the rise of racial sciences,
changing relations of class, gender, and sexuality, the emergence of mass culture and
mass politics, and the origins of World War I.

Course Objectives: By the end of the semester, students will be able to:
identify and understand key themes and concepts in Nineteenth-Century European
understand and explain the relationship between intellectual, political and social
critically analyze primary and secondary sources
orally present historical research

Required Texts:

Winks, Robin and Joan Neuberger. Europe and the Making of Modernity. New York:
Oxford University Press, 2005.
Hunt, Lynn. The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief Documentary History.
New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 1996.
Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. Mineola: Dover Publications, 2001.
Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. New York: Penguin, 2007.
Smith, Helmut Waler. The Butcher's Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town.
New York: W.W. Norton, 2003.

Please purchase the editions listed above, several of which are also available in e-book

Course Format: Class will meet three times a week. All meetings will be a mix of
lecture and discussion unless otherwise noted.

Course Requirements: Students are required to complete all assignments in order to
pass this course.

1. Attendance and Participation: Attendance in class is a requirement in order to
pass this course and role will be taken every day. You are permitted to miss three
classes before your grade begins to suffer. Active participation in class discussion
is expected as well.

2. Readings: All readings are due the day for which they are listed on the syllabus.

3. Quizzes: We will have four quizzes through the course of the semester. Format
will be a mix of map identification, short answer, identification, and essay. IDs
require you to identify the title, author (if applicable), approximate date, and
significance of a quote or term. Your lowest quiz grade will not count towards
your final grade. A handout on how to answer an identification question will be
provided before the first quiz.

4. Short Essay: You will complete two short (3-5 pages) essays in response to
prompts provided by me. Each essay will require you to address course material
and will not necessitate outside reading. One essay will address material from the
first half of the course, the other from the second half. You will have about one
week to write each essay. Essays will be submitted using via

5. Group Oral Presentation: During the final weeks of class, groups of between
three and four students will present their research on a single topic not covered by
me during lectures. The topic may be a person, event, or idea. Each group should
consult with me over e-mail or during office hours in order to choose an
appropriate topic of research. A handout of selected possible topics will be
provided early in the semester.

Each presentation must accomplish three tasks. 1) The group must describe the
event, person or idea; 2) the group must discuss the ways in which historians have
interpreted the topic and, in particular, any particular disagreements, debates, or
significant moments in the historiography; and 3) the group must relate the topic
to modern European history by stating its significance. Presentations should also
include a full bibliography of sources consulted, either on a PowerPoint slide or as
a handout.

Each group member will receive two grades: one for the group as a whole, one for
each individual's contribution. Each person in the group should therefore prepare
to speak for about the same amount of time. A grading rubric and guide will be
provided at the beginning of the semester.

While each group is presenting, the audience will be tasked with filling out
evaluation rubrics. These evaluations will help me assess each presentation and
will ensure that you think about what makes an effective presentation as well.

Grade Breakdown:

Quizzes: 30%
Short Essays: 30%
Oral Presentation: 30%
Attendance and Participation: 10%

Grade Rubric:

A 90 100%
B 80 89%
C 70 79%
D 60 69%
F 59% and below

Late Assignments: Late assignments will be deducted one grade for each day late. If I
have not received your essay after four days you will automatically fail the assignment.

Contacting Me: The best way to get in touch with me is through e-mail
( Please allow 24 hours for a response; if you have not heard
from me in that time, do not hesitate to send another note. My office hours are at the top
of this syllabus; if those times are not convenient for you I am happy to make other
arrangements. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions
regarding the course material or any other concerns. Do not contact me with a question
that can be answered by reading the syllabus.

Technology in the Classroom:
Phones: All phones must be on silent (not vibrate) or turned off during class.
Recording Devices: No recording of a class lecture is permitted without my
explicit written permission.
Computers and Tablets: Feel free to use your laptop or tablet to take notes if
that suits you, but refrain from using such devices for tasks unrelated to the class.
Note that research consistently demonstrates that students retain information more
readily by taking notes by hand.
PowerPoint Slides: All PowerPoint slides will be posted on Blackboard by the
end of each week.

Academic Honesty: Scholastic dishonesty will not be condoned under any circumstance
in this course. See the current Undergraduate Bulletin
( or the Student Handbook
affairs/pdf/67251_nobleed.pdf) for a definition of such behavior. Demonstrated
plagiarism on a paper or cheating on an exam or quiz will automatically lead to a grade of
F for the course and can result in dismissal from the university. The course will use the service to detect plagiarism. Please see me during office hours if you have
any questions regarding this policy. Ignorance of this policy or of the definition of
plagiarism will not excuse instances of academic dishonesty.

ADA Syllabus Statement: If a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the
Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for information on appropriate policies
and procedures. Disabilities covered by ADA may include learning, psychiatric, physical
disabilities, or chronic health disorders. Students can contact ODA if they are not certain
whether a medical condition/disability qualifies.

The University of Southern Mississippi
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Course Schedule:

Week 1: August 20 August 22: Introductions
Wednesday: Introductions

Friday: The Old Regime
Reading: Winks and Neuberger, Preface and Introduction.

Week 2: August 25 August 29: The French Revolution, Part 1

Monday: The Origins of the French Revolution
Secondary: John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe, 435-447
Primary: Hunt documents 1-2; 6-8

Wednesday: The Moderate Revolution
Secondary: Merriman, 447-460 (Blackboard)
Primary: Hunt documents 10, 14-17

Last day to add/drop without Academic/Financial Penalty

Friday: The Radical Revolution
Secondary: Merriman, 460-470 (Blackboard)
Primary: Hunt documents 26-33

Week 3: September 1 September 5: The French Revolution, Part 2

Monday: No Class (Labor Day)

Wednesday: Discussion
Secondary: Merriman, 470- 478 (Blackboard)
Primary: Hunt documents 34, 36-39

Friday: The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte
Secondary: Merriman 479-494 (Blackboard)
Primary: The Code Napoleon (

Group presentation members due by e-mail by 4:00p

Week 4: September 8 September 12: Napoleons Europe

Monday: Napoleons Empire
Secondary: Merriman, 494-512 (Blackboard)
Images: Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps
File:Napoleon4.jpg); Paul Delaroche, Napoleon Crossing the Alps
_Google_Art_Project_2.jpg); Jackques-Louis David, The Emperor
Napoleon in his Study at the Tuileries
_Google_Art_Project.jpg); The Colossus

Wednesday: Discussion and Review

Friday: Quiz 1: Weeks 1-4

Week 5: September 15 September 19: The Restoration

Monday: The Congress of Vienna
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, ch. 1
Primary: Edmund Burke, Reflections on the French Revolution
ry/wciv2/civ2ref/burke.html); Klemens von Metternich: Political
Profession of Faith

Wednesday: Romanticism
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, ch. 2
Primary: Johann Gottfried Herder, Reflections on the Philosophy of the
History of Mankind (Blackboard); Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Addresses to
the German Nation (Blackboard)
Images: Images of Romantic Art
(; Caspar David
Friedrich, The Wanderer (

Friday: Discussion

Week 6: September 22 September 26: The Industrial Revolution: Processes

Monday: The Beginning of the Industrial Revolution
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 64-83
Primary: Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (Blackboard)

Wednesday: Industrialization on the Continent
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 83-93
Primary: Begin reading Hard Times

Friday: Discussion
Primary: Dickens, Hard Times (First Half)

Group presentation topics due by e-mail

Week 7: September 9 October 3: The Industrial Revolution: Effects

Monday: Social Change
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, ch. 4
Primary: Thomas Malthus, Essay on Population

Wednesday: Constructing Class
Secondary: E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class
Primary: Factory Rules in Berlin

Friday: Discussion
Primary: Dickens, Hard Times (Finish)

Week 8: October 6 October 10: Challenges to the Restoration

Monday: Quiz 2: Weeks 5-7

First Essay Prompt Handed Out

Wednesday: Liberalism
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 125-139
Primary: William Wilberforce, An Appeal to the Religion, Justice,
Humanity of the Inhabitants of the British Empire, in Behalf of the Negro
Slaves in the West Indies (Blackboard); John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Friday: Socialism and Radicalism
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 139-151
Primary: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
(Blackboard); The Peoples Charter and National Petition

Week 9: October 13 October 17: The Revolutions of 1848

Monday: 1848 in France and Italy
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 153-169
Primary: Franois Guizot, Condition of the July Monarchy
(; Guiseppe Mazzini,
On the Duties of Man, ch 5 (

First Essay Due via Turn It In by 4:00p

Wednesday: 1848 in Central and Eastern Europe
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 169-182
Primary: Documents of German Unification, 1848-1871,
( (First two
documents only)

Friday: No Class (Fall Break)

Week 10: October 20 October 24: Unifications

Monday: Italian Unification
Secondary; Winks and Neuberger, 183-197
Primary: Documents of Italian Unification
(; King Victor
Emmanuel, Address to Parliament, Rome, 1871,

Wednesday: German Unification
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 197-209
Primary: Documents of German Unification, 1848-1871 (Finish); Bismarcks
Peace Policy (Blackboard)

Friday: Discussion and Review

Week 11: October 27 October 31: The Eastern Question

Monday: Quiz 3: Weeks 8-10

Wednesday: Politics in East and West
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 209-228.
Primary: Alexander II, Manifesto Emancipating the Serfs (Blackboard)

Friday: Discussion and Presentations 1-2

Last day to make an add/drop course request or withdraw from the University and
receive a grade of W

Week 12: November 3 November 7: The New Imperialism

Monday: Race and Racial Sciences
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 257-278
Primary: Francis Galton, Eugenics: Its Definition, Scope, and Aims

Wednesday: Building Empire
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 278-288
Primary: Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Prefatory Material); Rudyard Kipling, The
White Mans Burden (

Friday: Discussion and Presentations 3-4
Primary: Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1-67)

Week 13: November 10 November 14: The Second Industrial Revolution

Monday: Technological Change
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, ch. 8
Primary: Film: Georges Melis, A Trip to the Moon
(; Heart of Darkness (67-96)

Wednesday: Discussion
Primary: Heart of Darkness (97-109)

Friday: No Class (Western Society for French History Conference)

Week 14: November 17 November 21: The Fin-de-Sicle

Monday: Mass Culture and its Discontents
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 289-302; 309-318
Primary: Edouard Berstein, Evolutionary Socialism
(; V.I. Lenin,
Marxism and Revisionism

Wednesday: Feminist Struggles
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, 302--309
Primary: Emmeline Pankhurst, Why We are Militant (Blackboard)

Friday: Discussion and Presentations 5-6
Secondary: Begin reading The Butchers Tale

Week 15: November 24 November 28: Presentations

Monday: Presentations 7-8

Wednesday: No Class (Thanksgiving)

Friday: No Class (Thanksgiving)

Read The Butchers Tale Over Break!!

Week 16: December 1- December 5: Origins of World War I

Monday: The Origins of World War I
Secondary: Winks and Neuberger, ch. 11; Finish The Butchers Tale

Wednesday: Discussion
Secondary: Smith, The Butchers Tale

Essay Prompt 2 Handed Out

Friday: Quiz 4

Essay 2 Due Wednesday, December 10