Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Modern Europe

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT International Relations

DESCRIPTION The primary objective of this part of the course is to provide students with a critical understanding of the major socio-economic transformations in Europe, roughly from 1500, which had great implications for the development of a wide range of processes and structures in Europe and outside in other continents. It reviews the prominent forces of change (and continuity) in Europe’s modern history, and the main political and economic consequences associated with the discovery of the New World and colonization, the renaissance, the decline and eventual disappearance of feudalism, serfdom and the power of the Catholic Church, along with the dominance of mercantilism, the development of capitalism, Protestant Reformation, enlightenment, scientific and technological progress, secularization of civic politics, and the rise of the nation-state and the modern inter-state system. This course looks at the most significant effects, at the international arena, of the revolutions (social, political and industrial) in European countries, as well as of European wars, including WWI, WWII and the Cold War. It also covers the main issues surrounding more recent attempts for cooperation and integration (in foreign and home affairs) between European countries, through the EU organisations. The course seeks to provide the students with a basic knowledge of the theoretical and analytical framework underlying concepts and ideas like universal civilisation, modernity, integration and globalisation, to assist them to form their own views on a current developments in international relations.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Richards, D. (1986): An Illustrated History of Modern Europe, 1789-1984. Longman
Carr, E.H. (1990): International Relations Between the Two World Wars 1919-1939. Palgrave. Macmillan
Kennedy, P. (1989): The Rise and Fall of Great Powers. Fontana Press
Kitchen, M. (1988): Europe Between the Wars: A Political History. Longman
Libbon, R.P. (1996): Instant European History: From the French Revolution to the Cold War. Fawcett
Viault, B.S. (1992): Modern European History. McGraw-Hill
Hobsbawm, E. (1962): The Age of Revolution 1789-1848. Abacus
Hobsbawm, E. (1996): The Age of Capital 1848-1875. Vintage Books
Hobsbawm, E. (1987): The Age of Empire 1875-1914. Abacus
Hobsbawm, E. (1994): The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century History 1914-1991. Abacus


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Adrian Scerri

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