Modern Europe – HIEU 390

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/08/2022

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth study of the development of Modern Europe, from the turn of the 20th century to the political and social upheavals of the Cold War, focusing on political, military, intellectual, and economic developments.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This period witnessed the apogee of European power in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth- centuries and its collapse in the world wars, after which Europe experienced significant upheavals in the Cold War. Analyzing these conditions and events, including the reordering of the balance of power caused by the rise of the German Empire, overseas colonial expansion, the changes wrought by industrialization, the trauma of the Great War, the worldwide Depression of the 1930s, the Holocaust, and the challenges of the Cold War, is crucial to our understanding of current conditions in Europe as well as the larger world. This course will most benefit those students whose focus of study is on European history.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, there will be two Discussions throughout this course. The student is required to provide an initial thread in response to the provided topic for each discussion. Each initial thread is to be 300 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the initial thread, the student is required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each reply should be 150 words.

In this course, the student will work directly with primary sources to develop his/her skills with primary source literacy. Each assignment will correspond to the content of the week and the student will use the attached form to reflect on reading a primary source. The student will complete the form in its entirety and submit his/her updated form in the week that it is due. 

In this course, the student will be engaging in a research project. In doing so, the student needs to define his/her own topic and thesis to make sure he/she has a clear and concise concept. This is a crucial first step in the research process as all other decisions are made in framing the research question and developing a thesis. In this assignment, the student will do just that to get started on this process. This assignment must be 200-300 words.

As a part of becoming more familiar with the sources available to him/her, the student will find four archives that house collections that he/she wants to use for his/her research. Two of the archives will need to be physical and two will be digital. The student will summarize each of the archives and the collection they will use. Each archive description should be 100-150 words in length.

For the annotated bibliography assignment, the student will find four primary and four secondary sources that are connected to his/her thesis question he/she will be evaluating for his/her research project. As this is part of the process of being familiar with his/her research, the student will summarize the work and explain how it will be useful to his/her research. Each source will require an annotation of 100-150 words each. 

This course features a final project of a research paper. Many of the projects in this course lead and build to the research paper to build the student's confidence in skills of researching like a historian. The research paper will feature the refined thesis from the student, a historiographical analysis of some major thinkers, a defense and analysis of the proposed thesis with inclusion of primary sources, and a conclusion. This is a hallmark of the historian's craft to develop a clear and well defended thesis and interpretation. This assignment will be 8-10 pages, use 5 primary and 5 secondary sources, and include at least 10 citations.

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz/exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay question, and have a 1 hour and 30 minute time limit.