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H114: History of Western Civilization II

Nicole Mares

Monday & Wednesday, 3:00-4:15

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30-2:45, or by appointment

Office CA-329

Phone #: 274-3897

Email: nmares@indiana.edu


This course focuses on the expansion of Western civilization and ideas from the rise of absolutism in the seventeenth century to the end of European Communism in the twentieth century.  We will study how over the course of time people began to think of themselves as part of something bigger, whether it be their village, their county, their nation, or their continent, leading to the rise of globalization in the twenty-first century.   We will examine how transformative influences, like revolutions, wars, science, and social patterns, created Western societies that could be divisive as well as deeply connected.  We will use the tools of historians to investigate, question, and contest what “Western” means and whether or not there is such a thing as “The West.”

Required Reading

The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures Volume II: Since 1500, 2nd Edition by Lynn Hunt, Thomas R. Martin, Barbara Rosenwein, R. Po-Chia Hsia, and Bonnie Smith

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley (Penguin 2003)

The Drinking Den by Emile Zola (Penguin 2003)

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (Ballantine Books)

Additional readings and all class lectures will be available through Oncourse or, in some cases, distributed in class by me.  All students should have access to Oncourse, as long as they

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