note: this course is taught as a general introduction to the history of Europe.
It is designed for incoming students in the Modern Europe field, and students with modern Europe as their second or third examination field.
It will be taught by different professors (with somewhat different readings) each year.
Prof. Lindemann will offer the course again in Winter 1999.

HIST 200E, Fall 1996

Prof. Mouré
HSSB 4214; 893-8156
Fall 1996

This course is intended to provide an overview of historiographical debate on major events and issues in Modern European history. It can be used as a foundation for preparation for the Modern Europe M.A. exam, or as a point of departure for more advanced reading in Modern European history. The bibliography provided is by no means exhaustive: it is selected to provide an introduction to recent literature, from which you may work back through older, standard and classical reference works. It is also not intended to be exhausting: in the course of discussions in the seminar, you should be able to decide which topics interest you most, and which books provide the most promising material for further reading. The seminar will cover one topic each week for ten weeks. As the first meeting on October 1 will be organizational, the seminar will meet for the last time during exam week in December. Each week, two students will present material on the relevant readings and lead the discussion; if numbers work out, each student will thus share responsibility for two weeks' discussions. There are core readings for each week which all members of the seminar will read; those not presenting material each week will also be responsible for one other reading, on which they will write a short précis -- one page, single spaced, on a book, a half page on an article -- which they will bring to the seminar; these will be copied and distributed to all members of the seminar [note: they must be no longer than one page]. Each student will write one bibliographic discussion paper on material from one week's discussion; these, too, will be copied and distributed to the members of the seminar. Everyone will benefit from the prompt completion and submission of weekly précis and the bibliographical essays. To economize on copying costs, please submit one double-spaced copy of your paper for grading, one single-spaced copy for reproduction for the members of the seminar.

Required texts available for purchase in the UCSB Bookstore (all required texts for which the library has copies should be on 1-day loan reserve in the RBR):

Recommended secondary texts available as "optional" in the UCSB Bookstore:

Journal Abbreviations:

AHR American Historical Review

HJ Historical Journal

JEEH Journal of European Economic History

CEH Central European History

JEH Journal of Economic History

Ec.Hist.Rev. Economic History Review

JHI Journal of the History of Ideas

Eng.Hist.Rev. English Historical Review

JIH Journal of Interdisciplinary History

FHS French Historical Studies

JMH Journal of Modern History

JCH Journal of Contemporary History

P&P Past & Present

1. The French Revolution: Origins

  1. Doyle, William. The Origins of the French Revolution, 2nd ed. (1988), part 1.
  2. Ellis, Geoffrey. "The `Marxist Interpretation' of the French Revolution." Eng.Hist.Rev. 93 (1978): 353-76.
  3. Jones, P.M. Reform and Revolution in France: The Politics of Transition, 1774-1791 (1995).

Supplementary Readings

2. The Revolutionary Era, 1789-1815

  1. Sutherland, D.M.G. France, 1789-1815 (1985).

Supplementary Readings

3. The Industrial Revolution

  1. Cannadine, David. "The Present and the Past in the English Industrial Revolution, 1880-1980." P&P 103 (1984): 131-72.
  2. Wrigley, E.A. Continuity, Chance and Change: The Character of the Industrial Revolution (1988).


Continental Europe:

4. Nationalism in Europe and German and Italian Unification

  1. Breuilly, John. The Formation of the First German Nation State, 1800-1871 (1995).
  2. Riall, Lucy. The Italian Risorgimento (1994).
  3. Hobsbawm, E.J. Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality, revised ed. (1992), chs. 1-3.

Supplementary Readings

5. Politics in a New Key

  1. Hobsbawm, E.J. The Age of Empire, 1875-1914 (1987), chs. 3-8.




6. The Origins of the First World War

  1. Joll, James. The Origins of the First World War, 2nd ed. (1992).

Supplementary Readings

7. The Russian Revolution and Stalinism

  1. Malia, Martin. The Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia, 1917-1991 (1994).

Revolution in 1917:

Stalin and Stalinism:

8. Interwar Political and Economic Instability

  1. P.M.H. Bell, The Origins of the Second World War in Europe, chs. 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9.

Supplementary Readings

9. Nazi Germany

  1. Kershaw, Ian. The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation, 3rd ed. (1993).
  2. De Grand, Alexander. Italian Fascism: Its Origins and Development, 2nd ed. (1989).

Supplementary Readings

10. World War II

  1. Bell, P.M.H. The Origins of the Second World War in Europe (1986).
  2. Boyce, Robert and Robertson, Esmonde M., eds. Paths to War: New Essays on the Origins of the Second World War (1989), esp. essays by Nicole Jordan and Sidney Astor.

Supplementary Readings

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