HIST 215 Enlightenment and Revolution: Europe, 1714-1815

Spring, Fall

Major Requirement: History of Europe

The eighteenth century was an age of intellectual and political revolutions that destroyed what historians describe as the Old Regime.This course critically assesses the rhetoric, goals and legacy of the century’s key philosophic movement, the Enlightenment. It surveys the development of the Old Regime in the eighteenth century and seeks to interpret the social, economic and intellectual forces that tended to undermine it. Particular emphasis will be placed on the French Revolution, the overthrow of the Old Regime, the Reign of Terror and the rise and fall of the Napoleonic system in Europe.

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