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History of Modern Europe - Honors/Writing Intensive
Selected major themes in European history from French Revolution to recent times. Breakdown of traditional institutions, ideas; political, social revolution; industrialization, nationalism, imperialism, world wars; democratic, totalitarian ideologies, movements; quest for international order, European unity.
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A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
Honors eligibility required.

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Tenured Professor
302 Read Hall

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Writing Intensive Course Information

This is the honors section of the introductory survey of modern European history. Unlike the regular sections, it is taught by the professor, not by a TA. Students in this section are expected to go deeper into some of the key events, structures and developments of European history since the French Revolution than the students in the regular section. Writing assignments, featuring the comparison of assigned readings generally, texts involving first person experiences with the course lectures and the textbooks, work very well in this respect
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Writing Intensive Assignments

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There are four writing assignments, each formal essays of 4-5 pages in length. For each essay, students turn in a first draft, which is read by the professor, and then returned. They then write a final draft, which is graded. Each assignment involves comparing some sort of first person account of a crucial period of modern European history, with the course lectures and textbook readings on it. The four assignments focus on the French Revolution, the age of industrialization, the age of Total War, and the post-1945 division of Europe into communist and democratic capitalist societies.
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Writing Intensive Teaching

All the papers involve comparisons of the assigned readings with the course lectures. These comparisons offer many different possibilities for analysis; they certainly do not have one right answer. Following is an example of the fourth paper assignment, when I taught the course in Spring 2007: "One way to understand Slavenka Drakulic's book, How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed, is to see it as a reflection of the nature of divided Europe, written around 1990, as the age of divided Europe was coming to an end. In her essays, Drakulic attempts to explain to western readers just how different life was in the communist eastern bloc from life in western Europe and North America. She also expresses her doubts about whether the end of communist governments in eastern Europe will mean an end to these differences--either in the near future, or ever. In the course lectures, I have discussed a number of political, social and economic differences between communist eastern and democratic and capitalist western europe over the years 1948 to 1991. What I would like you do to is to write a paper explaining what the most important differences were between the two halves of Europe and then to consider how Drakulic deals with these differences. Which does she emphasize and which does she pass over briefly or not mention at all? When she does discuss differences between the two halves of Europe, what distinct spin or viewpoint does she adopt in explaining them?
Basically, there is one paper--first draft and revision--for each month of the semester.

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The honors section of the course is always taught by the professor; the TA teaches the non-honors sections, which have different assignments and which are not WI.
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