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GROUP ‘C Western History Group
1. Brief Description:
This course focuses on a very important period of European history in which Europe was gradually being transformed from medieval society to a modern society. The cultural and intellectual movements such as renaissance, reformation and enlightenment are the special features of this course.
2. Aims and Objectives:
After studying this course, the students will be able to:
¾ Know how Europe was transformed into a modern society
¾ Appreciate the philosophical and intellectual movements and trends of the period.
¾ Understand the political developments of the ruling class and socio-religious ideas of the people.
3. Contents:
™ Renaissance
™ Reformation and Counter-Reformation
™ Rise and Decline of Spain
™ Thirty Years War and Peace of Westphalia
™ Developments in France and England in the 17th Century
™ Rise of Sweden, Russia and Prussia
™ War of Spanish Succession 1701-1714
™ Seven Years War 1756-1763
™ Struggle for Wealth and Empire in the 18th Century
™ Enlightenment and Age of Reason
4. Basic Readings:
Hayes. A Political and Cultural History of Modern Europe.
Schevill, F. A History of Europe: From Reformation to the Present Day.
5. Additional Readings:
Clark, G. N. Early Modern Europe 1450-1720.
Durant, Will and Ariel Durant. Story of Civilization.
Elton, G. R. (ed.) New Cambridge Modern History.
(ed.) Renaissance and Reformation 1300-1648. Fisher. A History of Europe.
Jensen, De Lamar. Renaissance Europe: Age of Recovery and Reconciliation.
Kennedy, Paul. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000.
Knapton, Ernest John. Europe 1450-1851.
Pieter Geyl. The Revolt of the Netherlands.
Plumb. J.H. The Penguin Book of the Renaissance.
Sumner, B.H. Peter the Great and the Emergence of Russia.
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