The Age of Revolution: Europe from the Reign of Terror to the First World War
Track the emergence of early western modernity against a backdrop of revolution. Document class formation, left-right politics and Enlightenment rationality. Find yourself exploring bourgeois life. Look to science and religion's changing relationship.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Understand and explain some chief threads of European History from 1789-1914
- Understand and explain the relationship of Europe to the rest of the world through the long 19th century
- Produce written work on multiple aspects of European history based on primary and secondary sources
- Construct historical arguments through cogent writing with appropriate references
- Engage with staff and students in classroom discussions and present ideas orally and respectfully.
- Ancient Regimes
- The French Revolution
- Bourgeois Life
- Europe at Mid Century
- Religion & Science
- The Woman Question
- Fin de Siecle Crises
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-MHIX221-The Age of Revolution: Europe from the Reign of Terror to the First World War
Students should have studied some history at 100 levels prior to doing this subject. They should have good written English and essay writing skills.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as MHIX221 The Age of Revolution: Europe from the Reign of Terror to the First World War.
How did the eighteenth-century dream of a more enlightened, rational society end with the bloodbath of the French Revolution? How was Europe reconstructed after Napoleon’s continent-wide dictatorship? Why did this effort also, eventually, end in the horror is war? This unit explores such questions, tracing the revolutionary effects of Europe’s experimentation with democracy, its discovery of fossil-fuel efficiencies, and its efforts to rethink the place of religion, women, the poor, and much else in society. The European nineteenth century witnessed the rise of what would later appear pillars of modernity, including left-right politics, nationalism, and secular science. It also, however, produced the very things that would threaten it from the inside out: an overweening sense of racial superiority and various forms of political and cultural extremism.
- Blog Posts (20%)
- Major Essay (40%)
- Take-Home Exam (20%)
- Online (10%)
- Quizzes (10%)
Bachelor of Arts
- Major in English
- Major in Ancient History
- Major in Modern History
- Major in Philosophy
- Major in Politics
- Major in Sociology
- Major in Creative Writing
- Major in Indigenous Studies
- Major in International Relations
- Major in Applied Ethics