HISTORY 308: EUROPE, 1815-1914

Fall 2013, CRN: 80368

Class meets Mondays, Wednesdays, 3:00-5:05 pm in BDC 264B

Instructor: Mark Baker, Ph.D.

tel: (661) 654-6833
email: mbaker2@csub.edu
office: 304D Faculty Towers

Office Hours:

Mondays, Wednesdays, 12:45-1:45 pm
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
or by appointment

Course Description:

The CSUB calendar describes this course as a survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural developments on the Continent of Europe from the Congress of Vienna (1815) to the outbreak of the Great War (1914). This is quite a massive assignment, as you will soon learn. The main goal of this course is for students to acquire a serious grasp of the topic, to gain some sort of an understanding of what nineteenth-century Europe was like and why it is important to know something about it. I would like this course not to be only a lecture course, but a discussion and a conversation. I will have to give some lectures for background and to fill in blank spots in the readings, but it is absolutely essential that we all do the reading in advance for each class and prepare answers to the discussion questions (when assigned). Otherwise, you will not be able to take part in the class discussions, which is vital to learning the course material.

Course Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course students will be able:

  1. To identify, define and discuss the most important events, people and processes of nineteenth-century European history.
  2. To research and write a concise historical paper on a given topic.
  3. To evaluate a historical document critically and to describe how this document might be used in understanding and writing history.
  4. To think more critically about history, how it is written and interpreted.
  5. To relate the history of nineteenth-century Europe to the contemporary world; to understand the connections between this past and our present.
Midterm Examination (14 October 2013): consisting of short answer questions on events, documents, readings and maps, and one or two essays. Questions will arise from readings and discussions.
Click here for Study Guide
Participation: Not simply coming to class, but taking an ACTIVE part in discussions and other group activities; you will be graded not only on the quantity, but also on the quality of your participation. I expect students to attend all classes.
Document Analysis: Students will have to analyze one document that they will use for their term paper, and then write a two-page analytical discussion of this document. DUE: 13 November 2013 by 2 pm. Analysis must be submitted to www.turnitin.com. (The class ID is 7008617 and the password is Harriet.) Click here to read about the Document Analysis Assignment

Term Paper: 7-8 pages, using at least five scholarly sources, NOT including course texts. DUE on 20 November 2013 by 2 pm! (Paper Proposals DUE on 21 October 2013). Paper must be submitted to www.turnitin.com. (The class ID is 7008617 and the password is Harriet.)
Click here to view Term Paper Assignment

Click here to view Tips for Better Writing.


Final Examination: consisting of short answer questions on the events, critical interpretations of the reading materials, a map question, and one or two essays. Questions will arise from readings, lectures, and discussions. To take place on Monday, 25 November 2013, 5:00-7:30 pm in BDC 264B!
Final Examination Study Guide

Class Format: Our classes will include lectures, group work (especially analyzing documents), class discussions and video presentations. It is very important that you complete reading assignments before class. I will presume that you have read the historical background. Instead of trying to cover all the subject matter in the reading, I will focus on important themes, points and controversies. Lectures and the class discussions will make much more sense and be more useful to you, if you have done the readings in advance.


Robin W. Winks and Joan Neuberger, Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). ISBN: 0195156226

John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill, Essays on Sex Equality (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970). ISBN: 0226525465

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (any edition, Signet classics listed; originally published in 1848). ISBN: 0451527100

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (London: Prestwick Press, 2004; originally published in 1899). ISBN: 1580495753

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground, The Double and Other Stories (New York: Barnes and Nobles Classics , 2003; Notes originally published in 1864). ISBN: 1593080379

NB: Students may purchase or access online any version of these texts, as long as they are not abridged. I am pretty sure most of them are available for no cost online.


  1. Late papers will be accepted, but one third of a grade will be deducted per day, including weekends.
  2. Make up examinations will be permitted only with written verification of medical or personal emergency.
  3. No incompletes will be given that do not conform to CSUB policy.
  4. Each student should read in the catalogue CSUB policy on cheating and all forms of plagiarism. A grade of "F" is required in proven instances of cheating and plagiarism.
  5. Turnitin.com: We will be using www.turnitin.com to learn about and check for plagiarism in all out-of-class assignments. All students will need to register with www.turnitin.com in the first week of class. Students will submit their term papers directly to this website.
  6. You MUST check your email account on a regular basis in order to do well in this course. I frequently send out email messages about the course, as well as handouts and other course materials. If you are not in the habit of checking your Runner email regularly, you should start, or else have your Runner email forwarded to whatever email address you do use regularly.
  7. Be on time for class; if you need to leave class early, please let me know in advance.
  8. The classroom is a public forum for dialogue. Hence, all electronic communication devices (especially cell phones and pagers) must be turned off.

NB: Students unable to comply with any of these guidelines should see me personally and immediately to discuss their reasons.

*Readings MUST be completed before class on the day on which they are listed. There is a lot of reading in this course. Students should plan to spend at least TEN HOURS per week outside of class time reading these pages, taking detailed notes on them, and answering the discussion questions. It is essential that students be prepared to answer any of the discussion questions in any given class (questions will be posted a few days in advance).





Sept.16, 2013

Introduction: syllabus, course, outline of causes of French Revolutiontext version; ppt

Radical phase of French Revolutiontext version; ppt

Click here to see a chronology of the French Revolution

Start reading Winks and Neuberger
Sept.18, 2013

The French Revolution’s many effects (lecture and discussion)

Click here to see a chronology of the Napoleonic period

Napoleon and the revolution’s consequencestext version; ppt

Click here to see a map of Europe in 1810

Click here to see a map of Europe in 1815

Winks and Neuberger, Introduction and chapter one
Sept. 23, 2013

Industrial Revolution in Britaintext version

Industrializing the Continenttext version

Winks and Neuberger, chapter three

Sept. 25, 2013

Industrialization, social change, and continuity discussion questions

Winks and Neuberger, chapter four

Sept. 30, 2013

The rise of ideologies and the 1848 revolutions

Roots of nationalism text ppt

East European Empires confront nationalism ppt

Questions to ponder

Useful site on the Revolutions of 1848

Winks and Neuberger, chapters five and six
Oct. 2, 2013

1848: Springtime of Peoples or social revolution? discussion

Our discussion questions

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

Oct. 7, 2013

The Crimean War as Turning Point ppt html

Nationalism and the rise of the modern nation-state ppt html

Winks and Neuberger, chapter seven

Begin reading Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, 229-267

Oct. 9, 2013

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky and the underground man discussion

Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, 269-351
An essay on Russian literature by Virginia Woolf, click here!
To see the book's text in Russian, click here!
To read the entire novel on-line in English, click here!

Oct. 14, 2013
Everything so far in the course
Oct. 16, 2013

Film: Mansfield Park 1999

Potential problem: Campus-Wide Evacuation Day, time (TBA)

Oct. 21, 2013

Challenges to rich, white, european males' dominance powerpoint; text

DUE: Term Paper Proposals: good historical question, History Today article, preliminary bibliography.

Click here to view Term Paper Assignment!

Alice S. Rossi, "Sentiment and Intellect: The Story of John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill," in Essays on Sex Equality, 1-63
Oct. 23, 2013

John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill discussion new questions

Winks and Neuberger, chapter ten

Click here to read some of Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management (first published in 1861).

Oct. 28, 2013

John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill discussion, part II new questions


Essays on Sex Equality, 67-121

Oct. 30, 2013 Film: Persuasion (1995) Click here to learn more about the film.  
Nov. 4, 2013

European Imperialism, 1800-1885 ppt; text


Winks and Neuberger, chapter nine

Nov. 6, 2013

“Civilized” Europe and The Not-so New Imperialism ppt html

Winks and Neuberger, chapter nine

Nov. 11, 2013 Veterans' Day Campus Closed, No Classes
Nov. 13, 2013

Joseph Conrad and the Heart of Africa new questions

old discussion questions

DUE: Document Analysis. Must be submitted to www.turnitin.com. (The class ID is 7008617 and the password is Harriet.)

Joseph CONRAD, Heart of Darkness (entire novella).

You can view, print and read Achebe's article here

Nov. 18, 2013

The Rush to War: The Causes of the Great War, 1914-1918 ppt

Winks and Neuberger, chapter eleven

Nov. 20, 2013

Last Day of Classes: World War I (ppt) continued or Film: The Guns of August (1965)

TERM PAPERS DUE: Students must submit their term papers to www.turnitin.com by 2 pm and bring a paper copy to class.

The class ID is 7008617 and the password is Harriet.

Click here to view Term Paper Assignment

Click here to view Tips for Better Writing.


Nov. 25, 2013

Final Examination: Monday, 25 November 2013, 5:00-7:30 pm, BDC 264B

Click here for Final Examination Study Guide!

All readings should be completed.

NB: Please note that this syllabus is tentative and subject to change depending upon the needs of the class.