European History 1500-1800

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    European History 1500-1800

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    To provide students with knowledge about and insight in the most important aspects of early modern European History. Acquaint students with different types of source material.

    When does the early modern period start? This intriguing question is still debated. Fact is that around the year 1500 a number of developments set in that further shaped, but also changed Europe fundamentally. What to think of the Reformation, which tore apart the ‘unity’ in the Church and divided Europe deeply. This was also the era of Europe’s serious overseas expansion, with dramatic consequences for the economies of Europe and people all over the globe. European’s curiosity was not confined to discovering the globe, as scientists fundamentally challenged ideas and notions about the nature of the cosmos and its functioning. New ideas were also applied to the notions of man and governance during the period of Enlightenment, and they posed a threat to the Ancien Regime with its absolutist tendencies, ultimately leading to democratic revolutions in a number of states. All these themes are highlighted during this course.

    A weekly lecture and a weekly seminar.

    A written exam.

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