Foundations of the Modern Age
Fall Semester 2004

Frank Luttmer
113 Classic Hall
M W F: 8:00-9:00 and by appointment

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 from the Internet


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

1. Three exams (20% each)
2. Research paper (20%)
3. In-class presentation (5%)
4. Prospectus (5%)
5. Class participation (10%)


Please note that Tuesdays are reserved for exams, writing and speaking workshops (as needed), and presentations.

Sept. 8: The Renaissance: Greer and Lewis, 320-321, 371-380; Vergerius
Sept. 10: The Reniassance: Machiavelli

Sept. 13: The Reformation: Greer and Lewis, 405-424, 430-435
Sept. 15: Absolutism: Greer and Lewis, 451-463; Bossuet
Sept. 17: The English Revolution and Political Theory: Greer and Lewis, 498-503; Locke 1

Sept. 20: The English Revolution and Political Theory: Greer and Lewis, 498-503; Locke 2
Sept. 22: The Scientific Revolution: Greer and Lewis, 463-472; Galileo
Sept. 24: The Enlightenment: Greer and Lewis, 448-451, 472-479; Hume

Sept. 27: Early Modern Imperialism: Greer and Lewis, 354-370; Equiano
Sept. 29: The North American Colonies: Greer and Lewis, 504-505; Strayer, 138-142
Oct. 1: The American Revolution: Greer and Lewis, 505-509; Strayer, 142-143; Federalist Papers

Oct. 4: The French Revolution: Greer and Lewis, 494-498, 510-521; Robespierre
Oct. 5: Exam 1
Oct. 6: Conservatism, Liberalism, and Nationalism: Greer and Lewis, 521-526, 539-550; Burke
Oct. 8: No class

Oct. 11: The U.S. in the 19th Century: Strayer, 144-147; South Carolina
Oct. 13: The U.S. in the 19th Century: Lincoln; Lincoln
Oct. 15: Industrialization: Greer and Lewis, 551-567; Sadler Report

Oct. 18: Marxism: Greer and Lewis, 567-573; Marx and Engels 1
Oct. 20: Marxism: Marx and Engels 2
Oct. 22: Mature Industrial Society and Politics: Greer and Lewis, 573-576; Bernstein; Webb

Oct. 27: Mature Industrial Society and Politics: Green; Spencer; Hearing
Oct. 29: The United States in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries: Strayer, 147-149; Carnegie; Populist; Washington; Du Bois

Nov. 1: Social Darwinism and the New Imperialism: Greer and Lewis, 580-584, 601-611; Strayer, 149-150; Lin Cixu; Naoroji; Kipling
Nov. 2: Exam 2
Nov. 3: World War I: Greer and Lewis, 611-624; WWI Poetry
Nov. 5: Presentations

Nov.8: Presentations
Nov. 10: Presentations
Nov. 12: Presentations

Nov. 15: Presentations
Nov. 17: Presentations
Nov. 19: No Class

Nov. 22: The Russian Revolution and Communism: Greer and Lewis, 624-634; Lenin; Prospectus Due

Nov. 29: No Class
Dec. 1: The Russian Revolution and Communism: Stalin; Famine
Dec. 3: Fascism: Greer and Lewis, 634-642; Mussolini

Dec. 6: The West and World War II: Greer and Lewis, 642-645; 652-658; Strayer, 150-152; Himmler
Dec. 8: Post-War Society: Greer and Lewis, 682-86, 731-739; Strayer, 154-156; Martin Luther King Jr; ; The Black Panther Party Platform; The Port Huron Statement; NOW
Dec. 10: The Late 20th Century: Greer and Lewis, 691-710; Strayer, 156-158; Reagan; Research Papers Due

Exam Week: Exam 3

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