Modern European History

Academic year: 2022-23
Course: Foundation Course Humanities
Credits: 6
Period: first semester

Number of hours: 48

Teacher(s): Elisa Tizzoni (

Language of instruction: English


This course aims to introduce students to long-term trends and significant events in Modern European history from 1789 (French Revolution) to 1989 (Fall of the Berlin Wall) and to prepare them for further study in European history.

By the end of the course, students will become familiar with historical methods and concepts and

will acquire a general knowledge of the major events and developments of European History in the

last two centuries.


Firstly, the course will provide a brief overview on the most relevant sources and approaches

available for research on Modern European history and will afford an insight into the multifaceted

concept of “Europe”. Then, the course will examine different dimensions and consequences of key

facts and long-term phenomena affecting society, politics, economy, culture and environment in

Europe from the late 18th century to the end of the 1980s.


Students will be provided with primary and secondary sources (including written documents, art, graphs, maps, and statistical information) and academic texts.


Powerpoint presentations, selected articles and sources provided by the Teacher

Grade components

Attendance and participation (30%)

Final exam (70%).

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