Department of History
Fall 2001

History 20
Early Modern Europe

Professor Perrone

Office Hours: Wed. 11:00-12:00, Thurs. 2:23-3:30 and by appointment
Phone: x7059
Office: Bradley House 213

Course Description:
The course explores the origins of modernity in early modern Europe, and it examines the major economic, political, religious, social, intellectual, and cultural developments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Topics of special interest include the Thirty Years' War, witchcraft, rise of absolutism, "consumer revolution," colonial expansion, the Scientific Revolution, the Age of Reason and Enlightenment, and the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

Regular attendance and completion of the reading assignments are required. There will be two examinations—a midterm and a final exam. Each will be composed of essay and short identification questions. There will also be a map quiz and two writing assignments—a 4-5 page book review (DUE OCTOBER 25) of a book approved by the instructor and a 2-3 page analysis of a primary source (DUE NOVEMBER 29).

The final grade will be determined as follows:

Class participation 10%, map quiz 5%, first paper 15%, second paper 20%, midterm exam 20%, final exam 30%.

Required Readings:
William Doyle, The Old European Order, 1660-1800 2nd ed. (1992)

Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre (1984)

Jerome J. Langford, Galileo, science and the church (1992)

Moliere, The Learned Ladies trans. Richard Wilbur (1998)

Ronald G. Asch, The Thirty Years' War: The Holy Roman Empire and Europe, 1618-1648 (1997)

Readings on Reserve:
"The French West India Company," in Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West 3rd ed. (1961), Vol. 1, pp. 895-901.

Alfred Soman, "Anatomy of an Infanticide Trial: The Case of Marie-Jeanne Bartonnet (1742)" in Changing Identities in Early Modern France ed. Michael Wolfe (Durham: Duke University Press, 1997).

Alison Klairmont Lingo, "Print's Role in the Politics of Women's Health Care in Early Modern France" in Culture and Identity in Early Modern Europe (1500-1800): Essays in Honor of Natalie Zemon Davis ed. Barbara B. Diefendorf and Carla Hesse (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993).

Jacques Bossuet, excerpts from Politics drawn from the Very Words of Holy Scripture, in Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West 3rd ed. (1961), Vol. 1, pp. 872-879.

Saint-Simon, excerpts from Mémoires, in Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West 3rd ed. (1961), Vol. 1, pp. 886-889.

"The English Declaration of Rights," in Sources of the Western Tradition 2nd ed. (1991), Vol. 2, pp. 28-29.

"Forum on the Origins of the French Revolution," by Doyle, Vovelle, Lucas, Hunt & Sutherland, French Historical Studies 16 (1990):743-765.

Edmund Burke, "Reflections on the Revolution in France," in Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West 3rd ed. (1961), Vol. 2, pp. 85-105.

Schedule of Topics:

Week 1: Sept. 4-7
T: Introduction

Th: Population, Prices, and Agriculture Doyle: 1-27

Week 2: Sept. 10-14
T: Economic Growth and Change Doyle: 28-40, Darnton: 75-104

Th: Industrial Revolution Doyle: 40-46

Week 3: Sept. 17-21
T: Colonial Expansion Doyle: 47-70, Reserve: "French West Indies Company"

Th: Society, Clergy Handout

Week 4: Sept. 24-28
T: Society, Nobility Doyle: 73-95

Th: Society, Peasants Doyle: 96-125

Week 5: Oct. 1-5

T: Society, Townsfolk

Doyle: 126-148, Darnton 107-143

Th: Society, Women in the 17th & 18th centuries

Reserve: Soman & Lingo

Week 6: Oct. 8-12

T: Religion Doyle: 151-173

Th: Midterm


Week 7: Oct. 15-19

T: Popular Culture

Darnton: 9-72

Th: High Culture

Moliere: entire

Week 8: Oct. 22-26

T: Scientific Revolution

Langford: entire

Th: Enlightenment I

Doyle: 174-195

Week 9: Oct. 29-Nov. 2

T: Enlightenment II Doyle: 196-218, Darnton: 191-213

Th: All Saints' Day—Holy Day


Week 10: Nov. 5-9
T: European States

Doyle: 221-264

Th: Thirty Years' War I

Asch: 1-100

Week 11: Nov. 12-16

T: Thirty Years' War II

Asch: 101-194

Th: Louis XIV and Absolutism

Doyle: 269-273, Reserve: Saint Simon & Bossuet

Week 12: Nov. 19-23

T: Great Britain and Constitutional Monarchy

Doyle: 274-275, Reserve: "English Declaration of Rights"

Th: Thanksgiving Recess


Week 13: Nov. 26-30

T: European Wars in the 18th century

Doyle: 275-291

Th: Cracks in the Old Regime

Doyle: 295-320

Week 14: Dec. 3-7

T: French Revolution I

Doyle: 321-356

Th: French Revolution II

Reserve: "Forum" & Burke

Week 15: Dec. 10-13

T: Napoleonic Wars and the Impact of Revolution

Doyle: 357-378