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European History

European History

6 ECTS credits
150 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 1020437AER for all students in the 2nd semester at a (A) Bachelor - preliminary level.

Information about this course is applicable on academic year 2017-2018.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method

Grading (scale from 0 to 20)

Can retake in second session
Taught in
Partnership agreement
  • Under interuniversity agreement for degree program
Faculty of Economic & Social Sciences & Solvay BS
Political Science
Educational Team:
Activities and contact hours
  • 39 contact hours Lecture
Course content

This course offers a textbook based introduction to the political, economic, social and cultural history of Europe covering the period ranging from the French revolution to the end of the Second World War. T.C.W. Blanning’s History of Modern Europe (Oxford University Press) published in 2001 will be taken as the point of departure in the treatment of facts and events. Relying also on extracts from other history textbooks and primary texts, the course will describe key moments in modern European history and will offer analytical insights into the underlying causes to the fundamental (political, social, economic and cultural) transformations Europe underwent during the so-called “long 19th century”. Urbanisation, industrialisation, technologisation, democratisation, migration, International Law, the emergence of nation-states, imperialism and the development of mass politics were the processes that marked European history most distinctively in this period. A special focus will be made on three thematic clusters: “migration”, “the European Ideas”, “war and peace”.

Course material
  • Handbook (Required): Oxford Illustrated History of Modern Europe, T.C.W. Blanning (Ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001
  • Digital course material (Required): European History, Excerpts of other related history textbooks and primary texts
Additional info

In addition to the handbook of T.C.W. Blanning (History of Modern Europe, 2001), the course material also consists of slides (power point presentations) and excerpts of other related history textbooks and primary texts. Students should purchase a copy of the handbook before the start of the course. Slides and accompanying excerpts will be made available on Pointcarré, the online study platform.


  • Atkins, N. & Biddiss, M. (2009), Themes in Modern European History, 1890-1945, New York: Routledge
  • Romano, S. (1999), Outline of European History from 1789 to 1989, Romano, S., New York and London: Berghahn Books
  • T.C.W. Blanning (2000) (Ed.), The Short Oxford History of Europe. The Nineteenth Century Europe 1789-1914, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Strath, B. (2016), Europes Utopia of Peace: 1815, 1919, 1951, London, Oxford: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Lucassen, L., Bade, K.J., Emmer P.C., Oltmer, J. (2011) (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Migration and Minorites in Europe from the 17th Century to the present, Cambridge University press  
  • Kershaw, I (2015), To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1945, New-York, Penguin. 
Programme Objectives

General Competences

LO1: has an active knowledge of the most important theories, currents and concepts prevailing in the domain of the social sciences.
LO2: is familiar with the historical developments that have occurred in the fields of sociology, political sciences and communication sciences over time.
LO3: recognises the cross-sections, the intersections and the cross-fertilisations that are noticeable amongst the different social sciences.
LO5: knows the historical, political, juridical and socio-economic structures that shape the activities and define the agency of the European political institutions, private and public social organisations and media organisations.
LO11: has an investigative, problem-oriented and critical attitude towards social, political and media-related phenomena and scientific research results with regard thereof.
LO12: recognises the multilayered and complex character of social, political and media-related facts and phenomena.
LO17: approaches dominant tendencies within the social and the policy domain in a critical manner.

The students know the major facts and figures of the recent European history.
The students are aware of nature and logic of general historical processes like secularization and urbanization.
The students can reflect on current issues in European politics by putting these in their historical context.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:

  • Written Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

Written Exam with a relative weight of 80 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info with regard to grading

100% written exam at the end of the term.