Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. understand and explain the key threads of European history from 1789 to 1914
  2. understand and explain this relationship of Europe to the rest of the world through the long nineteenth century
  3. produce written work on multiple aspects of European history based on primary and secondary sources
  4. construct persuasive historical arguments through cogent writing with appropriate references
  5. question and analyse sources
  6. engage in applying critical creative thinking
  7. communicate effectively in a range of written forms
  8. participate positively in group debates and discussions.
    • Introduction
    • Ancient Regimes
    • The French Revolution
    • Industrialisation
    • Bourgeois Life
    • Class
    • Europe at Mid Century
    • Religion & Science
    • The Woman Question
    • Nationalism
    • Imperialism
    • Fin de Siecle Crises
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-HSTX290


Students should have studied some history at 100 levels prior to doing this subject. They should have good written English and essay writing skills.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as HSTX290 European History from the French Revolution to Freud.

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 that is war? This subject 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%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Ancient History
  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Creative Writing