Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Hist 102 The Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions from the 17th Century

Summer 2014 - Session I

History 102

Tues/Thurs 9:00-12:20

Writing Intensive

Instructor: Dr. Ulle Holt

Email: Ulle.Holt@gmail.com

Office Hours:  Tues/Thurs 1:00-2:30 and by appointment




This course will provide an analytical overview of the major intellectual, political, cultural, and social developments of the past three centuries that have fundamentally shaped the contemporary world. For example, students will examine the philosophy of the Enlightenment and how it led to democratic political changes in the 19th century; the cultural shift from Romanticism to Modernism; the impact of industrialization on gender and social order; the rise of Communism and Fascism; the roles of WW I and WW II in changing the European landscape and geopolitical structure of the world. In the process, students will not only learn what changes occurred, but also when and why they did.


This course satisfies the historical knowledge area of the core curriculum. In addition, this course meets the core course value criterion by promoting an understanding of the evolution of Western concepts of social justice.


History is a discipline which requires analysis and expository writing. Thus, the writing intensive aspect of this course is designed both to improve general writing skills and to develop one’s ability to “do” history. Through engagement with controversial subjects and conflicting interpretations across primary sources and secondary texts, you will further develop your abilities to read, think, and write critically and to recognize and question the political implications of historical writing and research. More important, you will learn how to take the leap from being able to talk about an event or idea, to think about what you really want to say, and then being able to put your thoughts and ideas into coherent sentences.



McKay, Hill, & Buckler, A History of Western Society, Vol. C (tenth edition)

Koestler, Arthur, Darkness at Noon or Ginzburg, Eugenia Semyonovna, Journey into the Whirlwind



Regular attendance and class participation are expected.

Be prepared to discuss daily reading assignments.

Three short response papers (1-2 pages)

One long paper (6-8 pages) on either the Ginzburg or Koestler book

Several in-class written exercises

Mid-term and Final exams

On site visits to cultural sites and Jewish Ghetto







Week 1

May 20: Introduction and Setting the Stage: Europe—The Center of the World?

            Readings in McKay

            Class writing exercise

The French Revolution: Impact and Aftermath

            Reading in McKay

            Documents to be announced


Mary 22: The Legacy of Napoleon; Culture and Ideology in the Age of Romanticism

            Class Discussion of the British Industrial Revolution

            Readings in McKay

            Documents to be announced


Week 2

 May 27:  Restoration, Reform, and Revolution: 1815-1848

            Class Discussion Conservatism, Liberalism, Nationalism in the 19th Century

            Readings in McKay

            Documents to be announced

            *First Response Paper Due

May 29:  Mass Culture and Imperial Expansion/ Urbanization and Reform in the Victorian Age

            Readings in McKay

            Documents to be announced


Week 3

June 3: Europe on the Eve of the Great War, The Guns of August, and

             The Russian Revolution

Readings in McKay

*Second Response paper due

June 5*Mid-term

            The Lost Generation, The Age of Anxiety, Modernism

            Readings in McKay

            Documents to be announced


Week 4

June 10: The Rise of Fascism and National Socialism; Appeasement and Aggregation; The Spanish Civil War; The View from the Gulag

            Readings in McKay

            *Third response paper due

June 12: Total War: World War II, The Holocaust, Displacement Camps, The Iron Curtain descends

            Readings from McKay

            Documents to be announced



Week 5

June 17: Visit to Jewish Ghetto

            Class review and Class Presentations

            June 19: *Final Exam and Final Paper Due