Freshman English for English Majors II--The Making of the Modern World (Spring 1999)
西洋文化概論II ──現代世界的誕生
J. Ho, A-112, Fri 2-5

We will focus on two very important developments in the history of Europe that have greatly influenced the shape of the modern world as we know it: the industrial revolution and the French revolution. The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the various socio-historical forces that have contributed to the making of the complex modern world and have helped constitute the ideas and beliefs that ground our modern way of life. Students are to read the assigned reading material and other related material, participate in class discussions and presentations, as well as write down their thoughts in a weekly journal to work toward the final course grade. A final paper (3-5 pages) will be due 2 weeks from last day of class.



Our reader will be compiled from Keith Dawson’s The Industrial Revolution and E. J. Hobsbawn’s Industry and Empire, and other related historical materials.

Tentative Schedule

The Industrial Revolution: Efficiency, Prosperity
Feb 26 intro to the course
Mar 5 The Road to Industrialization, pp. 19-24
Mar 12 The Waterways, pp. 25-32
Mar 19 The Human Cost, pp. 49-59
Mar 26 No Class (Instructor has official duty elsewhere)
Apr 2 Workers Unite, pp. 60-63; Labor Change pp. 85-88
Apr 9 No Class (Spring Break)
The French Revolution: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Apr 16 Rapid Changes in Europe, pp. 3-13
Apr 23 The Legacy of Liberalism, pp. 14-21
Apr 30 No Class (Instructor has official duty elsewhere.)
May 7 The French, pp. 22-31
May 14 Rousseau's Democracy, pp. 32-41
May 21 American Democracy, pp. 41-47
May 28 Europe after the revolution, pp. 146-154
Jun 4 Toward a Modern World, pp. 155-166
Jun 11 Wrap-up