European History 1800-present


Course Objective

To improve knowledge of the history of Europe from an international
perspective in the modern and contemporary era;
To make students familiar with different important concepts, theories,
methods and sources that are used within the broader field of political
To inform students about the history behind contemporary societal
challenges and stimulate them to participate in debates about
perspectives on and developments behind such challenges.

Course Content

This course offers an overview of the history of Europe since 1800 from
international perspective. Events, periods, concepts,
developments and persons that played an important role within that
history will be critically discussed during a series of lectures, such
as the revolution of 1848 throughout Europe and its resonances in the
wider imperial world; the two world wars and the Cold War; imperialism,
state-building and the emergence of supra-national organizations;
historical figures like Woodrow Wilson or Margaret Thatcher. During
several classes European developments will be explicitly linked to
specifically Dutch as well as wider international developments. Students
will also learn about debates among historians how to understand certain
developments and be introduced with concepts, theories, methods and
sources from the field of (international) political history.

Teaching Methods

Lectures as well as a weekly feedback seminar to discuss the handbook
chapters in more detail.

Method of Assessment

Midterm (50%) and final exam (50%).

Entry Requirements

International exchange students need a background in humanities.


To be announced via Canvas.

Target Audience

BA1 Geschiedenis/History students; international exchange students with
background in humanities.
International exchange students with a background in humanities who want
to partake should contact the coordinator Ronald Kroeze

General Information

Course Code L_GABAGES124
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. D.B.R. Kroeze
Examiner dr. D.B.R. Kroeze
Teaching Staff dr. D.B.R. Kroeze
prof. dr. S. Legene

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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