European History: From the Dark Ages to the Present

Term Spring 2021
Code WH52
Ages 13 & up
Instructor Bryan Gersbeck
Price $450

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This is the second half of a two-semester course that began in Fall 2020.

This course focuses on the history of Europe. The first semester follows European history from the end of the Roman Empire, proceeds through to the Dark Ages, and ends in the 19th century with the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. Students will learn about the economies, attitudes, and politics of the world that created the Europe that we know today. We will investigate the reigns of Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Empire, the Hapsburgs, and many other nationalities of Europe. Students will gain an understanding of how regular people lived, as well as the lives of the wealthy and the elite. We will investigate the horrendous situations people found themselves in and the stresses they endured. We also will examine the ways in which the nations of Europe reworked their economies as the centuries progressed, how religion evolved across the continent, and the impact those two factors had on policy-making throughout history.

The second semester explores European history from the end of the Industrial Revolution, proceeds through to the modernization of Europe, and ends in the 21st century with the European Union. Students will learn about the politics, economies, and differences of Europe and how these cultures shaped their modern history. We will investigate the rise of the industrial world and how these changes affected laborers and noblemen alike. We will examine how the rise of popular movements and increased nationalism led to the creation of many of the countries we know today. Students will gain an understanding of how people lived during these various changes. We will investigate the lives of the wealthy and the elite and will explore the lives of laborers and workingmen. Students will gain an understanding of the ways Europe exited both World Wars and how it stands on the world stage today.

Live Classes: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from January 13th to May 12th

Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet.

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