Foundations of the Modern Age
Fall Semester 2001

Frank Luttmer
108 Classic Hall
M W F: 10-12
866-7205 (office) 866-4073 (home)

Course Description and Objectives

Foundations of the Modern Age is a historical introduction to the ideas, institutions, and events that shaped modern Western civilization. The course is designed both to develop essential knowledge of the origins and evolution of the modern world and to encourage a basic understanding of historical perspective and context. It also seeks to promote the skills essential to historical inquiry, including the capacity to define historical questions, analyze primary documents carefully, evaluate alternative interpretations critically, develop original arguments, and write essays clearly and effectively.

Required Readings

1. Thomas Greer and Gavin Lewis, A Brief History of the Western World, 8th edition, vol. 2
2. Robert Strayer, et al, The Making of the Modern World (on reserve in the Duggan Library)
3. Electronic Texts and Images from the Internet


Final grades will be based on an evaluation of the following.

1. Two mid-term exams (15% each) and a final exam (20%)
2. A research paper submitted in two drafts (15% for the first draft and 25% for the second)
3. Class participation and daily writing assignments (10%)


Sept. 4
Analyzing Primary Texts: Vergerius

Sept. 5
The Renaissance
Greer and Lewis, 320-321, 371-380; Pico

Sept. 7
Renaissance Political Theory

Sept. 10
The Reformation
Greer and Lewis, 405-424, 430-435

Sept. 11
No class

Sept. 12
The Emergence of Capitalism
Greer and Lewis, 329-339; Mun

Sept. 14
Early Modern Imperialism
Greer and Lewis, 354-370; Equiano

Sept. 17
Greer and Lewis, 451-463; Bossuet

Sept. 18
Reading Secondary Sources

Sept. 19
The English Revolution and Political Theory
Greer and Lewis, 498-503; Locke 1

Sept. 21
The English Revolution and Political Theory
Locke 2

Sept. 24
The Scientific Revolution
Greer and Lewis, 463-468; Galileo

Sept. 25
Analyzing Art: Renaissance and Baroque Art

Sept. 26
The Scientific Revolution
Greer and Lewis, 468-472; Newton

Sept. 28
The Enlightenment
Greer and Lewis, 448-451, 472-475; Hume; Voltaire

Oct. 1
The Enlightenment
Greer and Lewis, 475-479; Montesquieu; Smith

Oct. 2
Review for the Exam

Oct. 3

Oct. 5
The North American Colonies
Greer and Lewis, 504-505; Strayer, 138-142; Winthrop; Franklin

Oct. 8
The American Revolution
Greer and Lewis, 505-509; Strayer, 142-143; Declaration; Federalist Papers

Oct. 9
Research and Writing

Oct. 10
The French Revolution
Greer and Lewis, 494-498, 510-515; Declaration

Oct. 12
The French Revolution
Greer and Lewis, 515-521; Robespierre

Oct. 15:
Fall Break

Oct. 16:
Fall Break

Oct. 17
Conservatism, Liberalism, and Nationalism
Greer and Lewis, 521-526, 539-550; Metternich; Mazzini

Oct. 19
The United States
Strayer, 144-147; South Carolina; Lincoln

Oct. 22
Greer and Lewis, 551-567; Sadler Report

Oct. 23
Research and Writing

Oct. 24
Greer and Lewis, 567-573; Marx and Engels 1

Oct. 26
No Class

Oct. 29
No Class

Oct. 30
Marx and Engels 2

Oct. 31
Mature Industrial Society and Ideologies
Greer and Lewis, 573-576; Bernstein; Webb

Nov. 2
Mature Industrial Society and Ideologies
Green; Spencer; Hearing

Nov. 5
No Class

Nov. 6
No Class

Nov. 7
The United States in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
Strayer, 147-149; Carnegie; Populist; Washington; Du Bois

Nov. 9
Darwin and Science before WWI
Greer and Lewis, 576-587; Darwin

Nov. 12
No Class

Nov. 13
Review for the Exam

Nov. 14

Nov. 16
The New Imperialism
Greer and Lewis, 601-611; Strayer, 149-150; Lin Cixu; Naoroji; Kipling

Nov. 19
World War I
Greer and Lewis, 611-624; WWI Poetry

Nov. 20
Research and Writing

Nov. 21
Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 23
Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 26
The Russian Revolution and Communism
Greer and Lewis, 624-634; Lenin; Stalin; Famine

Nov. 27
Greer and Lewis, 634-642; Mussolini

Nov. 28
The West and World War II
Greer and Lewis, 642-645; 652-658; Strayer, 150-152; T.S. Eliot; Roosevelt; Himmler

Nov. 30
The Cold War and Nationalist Revolutions
Greer and Lewis, 646-652, 658-682; Strayer, 152-154; Nehru

Dec. 3
Post-War Society
Greer and Lewis, 682-86; Strayer, 154-156; Martin Luther King Jr.; The Black Panther Party Platform

Dec. 4
Research and Writing

Dec. 5
Post-War Society
Greer and Lewis, 731-739; The Port Huron Statement; NOW

Dec. 7
The Late 20th Century
Greer and Lewis, 691-710; Strayer, 156-158; Reagan; Blair

Dec. 10 and 11: 5-6 PM
Review for the Exam

Dec. 12:
FINAL EXAM, 2-5 PM Classic Hall 102

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