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INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN CIVILIZATION II: 17th Century to the Present
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.
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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.
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