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HIS 321 - The rise and fall of Empires: Europe from the French Revolution to World War I

With the stroke of the guillotine, the beheading of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette was displayed for all to see – an unprecedented political and social upheaval that fundamentally challenged the culture of the “Old World”. The radicalism of Robespierre and the conquests of Napoleon had shattered monarchy and redrawn the map. The continent of Europe, rocked by sudden and drastic change, was cast into an era of empirical competition, national struggle, global expansion, and industrialization that ultimately culminated in the world war. Advancing from the late eighteenth century through the early twentieth century, this course will explore the history of European nations and their influence throughout the world. Students will be introduced to historical and literary figures ranging from Queen Victoria and the Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck to the British “consulting detective” Sherlock Holmes and the French convict turned revolutionary Jean Valjean. Concluding with World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the execution of the Romanovs, this course will highlight monarchy, social and political revolutions, the growth of industry, imperialism, literature, and more.

Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Fees: $0.00

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