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HST 104 | Western Civilization II: HOME

Covers the 17th century through the twentieth, including the Cold War and Decolonization. Considers political, social, economic, cultural, religious, and intellectual development of modern Europe and the West since 1648.


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Welcome to HST 104


This Research Guide is intended to provide an overview of Western Civilization II (for students who may be interested in taking the course) and to give current students a place to begin thinking about what it means to do historical research and what history scholarship looks like.

Don't hesitate to come by the library or contact your Subject Librarian if you have questions or would like additional help.


Covers 17th century absolutism, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the 19th century (liberalism, socialism, nationalism, imperialism), WW I, democracies between the wars, the dictatorships, WW II, and the period since WW II (Cold War, Decolonization). Considers political, social, economic, cultural, religious, and intellectual development of modern Europe and the West since 1648.

Getting Started: Arts & Humanities

These general reference sources are a good place to do background reading or begin you research. For a complete list of databases, see the Digital Resources Alphabetical List.

Subscription resources are available to Fontbonne students, faculty, & staff. Guests are welcome to visit us the Jack C. Taylor Library.

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NB: The books below are the texts for Phil Bognar's sections of the course. Other sections may use different choices.

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Course Syllabus

N.B. This is a sample syllabus provided to give students an idea of the content and structure of HST 104.

It does NOT include specific dates, content, or policies associated with a particular section of the course and is not intended to replace the syllabus provided by your instructor.

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