HIST& 118: Western Civilization III

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A general survey of the history of Europe and the Middle East from the French Revolution (1789 AD) until the present. Emphasis will be given to those events, movements, ideas, developments and individuals who have had the most impact on Europe and the Middle East today.

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  • Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation
  • The English Reformation
  • Islamic Belief and Practices
  • Early Modern Western European kingdoms and empires
  • The Ottoman Empire
  • Royal Absolutism
  • The English Civil War
  • The Enlightenment
  • The Origins of the French Revolution
  • The French Revolutions
  • Napoleon and the French Empire
  • The Origins of the Industrial Revolution
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Industrial society and its discontents
  • The Spread of Industrialization
  • Industrialization and Imperialism
  • The Revolutions of 1848
  • Liberalism, Socialism, and Communism
  • Nationalism
  • Italian Unification
  • German Unification
  • European Empires
  • Social Darwinism and the White Man’s Burden
  • The Growth of Democracy within Europe
  • The Reform Movement in Europe and the origins of the Welfare State
  • The General Causes of World War I
  • World War I
  • Lenin and the Russian Revolution
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • Post World War I Europe
  • The Weimar Republic and the Rise of Nazism
  • Stalin’s Russian
  • Post World War I Middle East
  • The Great Depression
  • Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany
  • Anti-Semitism and the Nazi State
  • The Diplomatic Attempts to avert World War II
  • World War II
  • The Cold War
  • The Marshall Plan and the Rebuilding of Germany
  • Communist Eastern Europe
  • NATO and the American role in Europe
  • The Founding of Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflicts
  • The USSR after Stalin
  • The European Coal and Steel Community and the path toward the EU
  • Decolonization
  • Europe’s changing global role and domestic policies
  • The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Block
  • Europe since 1991
  • Contemporary issues in Europe and the Middle East