Professor R. Judd History 112

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Professor R. Judd                                                                  History 112

267 Dulles Hall                                                                      Fall 2006

2-9313 or                                                   MW 1:30-2:48; PH 1187                  

Office hours:  W 10:30-12:00

DSL’s: G. Lywood, A. de la Garza, and R. Rodriguez


History of Western Civilization


This course will examine the history of Europe from the seventeenth century to the present.  Our historical survey will cover eras of rapid political transformation, unprecedented economic expansions, and dramatic cultural and intellectual revolutions.  Because there is a tremendous amount of material to cover, the course lectures and primary-source readings will focus on intellectual and cultural developments.  Your textbook will provide you with a background on the political developments of the era. 


Throughout the quarter, we will examine how dramatic social, cultural, economic, and political changes transformed daily life in rural and urban environments.  We will pay close attention to questions of gender, class, and race, studying the relationships between political elites and “the masses,” between Europeans and non-Europeans, and between women and men. 


Though not a requirement, I encourage you to stop by my office at some time during the quarter.  If you cannot make it during my office hours, please set up an appointment with me. 


Reading List  (all books are available at local bookstores):


Lynn Hunt, ed. The Making of the West Volume II Since 1500

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front


Other reading can be found on line via the web sites to which I direct you or on the on-line reserves.  You can access the reserve materials through the OSU library webpage:  You can access the on-line materials directly or through the relevant page on my website:



Class requirements:


(1)     Attendance  You are required to attend the weekly lectures and sections and be responsible for the material covered in them.  Please come to class on time so that you do not cause unnecessary disruption for your fellow classmates.  Please also do not leave class before the class is dismissed.


(2)     Section  Students must attend a discussion section led by one of the discussion section leaders (DSL).  Your section grade will be based on attendance, informed contributions to class discussions, quiz grades, and the written work assigned by your DSL’s (50 points, 25%, of which you receive 5% for attendance, 10% for participation, and 10% for quizzes) 


(3)     Reading  Students are expected to read the materials assigned for this course by the date listed on the syllabus.  We will discuss the materials in lecture and review them the following day in section.


(4)     In-Class Writing assignments (Lecture):  Over the course of the quarter, there will be four moments when I will ask you to address, in lecture, the questions raised by the reading.  (20 points; 10 %)


(5)     Hourly Exam  The mid-term exam will include short questions and an essay question covering the material from the lectures, discussions, and readings.  (40 points total; 20%)


(6)     Case Study  This exercise – due in class on November 13th -- will ask you to address a specific historical event and consider different views adopted during it. You may choose to work by yourself or with up to two other students from your section.  If you do choose to work with other students, please know that your TA will give your one grade. Any late work will be detracted by 2 points per day beginning when I commence my lecture.  (20 points, 10%)


(7)     Final Exam The final exam will include short- and essay questions covering the material from the lectures, discussions, and readings.  One required essay question will be accumulative; the short questions and other essay question only will cover material discussed since the midterm. (70 points; 35%)


(8)      extra credit:  Students have the option of receiving extra credit for up to two of the following assignments (you must choose among a, b, and c; you can not write 2 film reviews).  They must be completed by the dates set out below. Extra Credit will only count towards students whose final average is a D or higher.  (2 points each)

(a) Attending the office hours of myself or your DSL by:

 (last name A-H)  October 4   

 (last name I-Q)  October 11

 (last name Q-Z) October 18


 (b) Evaluate one of the following films and write a 1-3 page response paper considering whether or not it is an appropriate representation of the historical event that is at its focus.  Make sure you clearly set out what you mean by appropriate or inappropriate representation. Please also make sure that you give yourself enough time to obtain and view the film before the assignment is due. 

Restoration due 9/27

Dangerous Liasons due 10/4

Godsford Park due 10/11

Sense and Sensibility due 10/18

Hard Times due 10/25

Rosa Luxemburg due 10/30

Zulu due 10/30

Sunshine due 11/1

Gallipoli due 11/6

Dr. Zhivago due 11/8

Blue Angel due 11/13

Mephisto due 11/15

Saving Private Ryan due 11/20

Schindler’s List due 11/22

Nasty Girl due 11/22

Battle of Algiers due 11/27

Goodbye Lenin due 11/29




(1)   Examinations and Writing Assignments:  There will be two exams in connection with this course: a midterm exam and a final. These exams will require you to synthesize materials from lecture, class discussions, and readings.  There also will be quizzes and in-class writing assignments.  You must take the exams, in-class writing assignments, and quizzes at the scheduled time.  Students will be allowed to take a make-up exam only for urgent reasons, such as a medical or legal emergency. In accordance with departmental policy, the student will be expected to present proof of the emergency, such as an official statement from the University Medical Center.  If you need to take a make-up exam, quiz, or in-class writing assignment, you must submit your proof of emergency to me within 9 days of the scheduled (missed) exam, quiz, or assignment. All make up work is to be completed by December 1st (by 4:00 pm).

(2)   Grade complaints must be made in writing and only after 24 hours have passed after grades are distributed. All grade complaints should first be directed to your DSL.


The Ohio State University and the Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM) expect that all students have read and understand the University’s Code of Student Conduct, and that all students will complete all academic and scholarly assignments with fairness and honesty.  Students must recognize that failure to follow the rules and guidelines established in the University’s Code of Student Conduct and this syllabus may constitute “Academic Misconduct.”

The Ohio State University’s Code of Student Conduct (Section 3335-23-04) defines academic misconduct as: “Any activity that tends to compromise the academic integrity of the University, or subvert the educational process.”  Examples of academic misconduct include (but are not limited to) plagiarism, collusion (unauthorized collaboration), copying the work of another student, and possession of unauthorized materials during an examination.  Ignorance of the University’s Code of Student Conduct is never considered an “excuse” for academic misconduct, so I recommend that you review the Code of Student Conduct and, specifically, the sections dealing with academic misconduct.

If I suspect that a student has committed academic misconduct in this course, I am obligated by University Rules to report my suspicions to the Committee on Academic Misconduct.  If COAM determines that you have violated the University’s Code of Student Conduct (i.e., committed academic misconduct), the sanctions for the misconduct could include a failing grade in this course and suspension or dismissal from the University.

If you have any questions about the above policy or what constitutes academic misconduct in this course, please contact me.

Other sources of information on academic misconduct (integrity) to which you can refer include:

The Committee on Academic Misconduct web pages (

(4)   In accordance with departmental policy, all students must be officially enrolled in the course by the end of the second full week of the quarter.  No requests to add the course will be approved by the department chair after that time.  Enrolling officially and on time is solely the responsibility of each student.

(5)   Students must turn off cell-phones at the beginning of class. 

(6)   Papers are due in class on the date stated.  Any late work will be detracted by 2 points per day beginning when I commence my lecture.

(7)   A copy of this syllabus can be found on my web site:  Kindly use this copy of the syllabus to verify readings, class assignments, or schedules.  The DSLs will refer you to the website if you contact them regarding matters pertaining to the syllabus.

(8)   Please note that the DSLs and I are not necessarily accessible via email at night or during the weekends.  If you would like to be in contact with us, you would be wisest to contact us during the day or early evening.  Similarly, while the DSLs will hold additional office hours before the exams, they may not be able to respond to email messages sent to them the evening before the exam or before the paper due date. 

*All students with disabilities who need accommodations should see me privately during my office hours to make arrangements.  Please do so by the third week of class.*


Lecture and Reading Schedule (The Making of the West referred to here is Volume II since 1500 not the “concise history.”  If you would prefer to read the “concise history,” I will happily give you those page numbers but ask that you obtain any maps or primary sources from the unabridged volume that we discuss in lecture or section)


                                                            Europe in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries      


September 20                           Introduction:  The 17th Century From the Bottom Up

Reading:           “Little Thumb”

The Making of the West, chapter 16, “A Century of Crisis”

                        *make sure to read this for your discussion section on 9/21*


September 25                           Age of Absolutism     

Reading:           King Louis XIV “Letter to His Heirs” and satirical poem concerning Charles I


The Making of the West, chapter 17, pages 621-648


September 27                           Responses to Absolutism I: Scientific Revolution and the


Reading:           Kant, “What is Enlightenment?”


Rousseau, “preface,” Emile

The Making of the West, pages 649-658 and chapter 19, “The

Promise of Enlightenment”


October 2                                No Class – Yom Kippur


October 4                                Responses to Absolutism II:  Revolution

Reading:           The Declaration of the Rights of Man


Olympe de Gouges, “The Declaration of the Rights of Woman”

“An Answer to the Impertinent Question: But What is a Sans-Culotte?”

The Making of the West, chapter 20, “The Cataclysm of




                                                            A New Regime:  Europe at the Dawn of the 19th Century


October 9                                A New Regime:  Europe at the Dawn of the 19th Century

Reading:           Napoleonic Code


The Making of the West, chapter 21, “Napoleon and the Revolutionary Legacy, 1800-1830”


October 11                              Cultural, Social, and Political Transformations

Reading:           Johann von Goethe, “Faust” and “The Erlking”

                                                Fanny Lewald, Memoir selection (on-line reserve)

                        Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, “The Communist Manifesto”



The Making of the West, chapter 22, Industrialization, Urbanization

and Revolution”


October 16                              Challenging the New Regime: 1848 and its Aftermath

Reading:           The Making of the West, chapter 22, Industrialization, Urbanization

and Revolution”


­                                                            A New Europe?  The Long 19th Century                                  


October 18                              Nationalism, Nation-Building, and the Creation of New Empires

Reading:           Otto von Bismarck “We Germans Fear God, and Naught Else in

the World”

The Making of the West, chapter 23, “Politics and the Culture of the

Nation State”


October 23                              MIDTERM


October 25                              An Era of “Isms” I:  The Labor Movement; Socialism; and Women’s Emancipation

Reading:           E. Pankhurst, “My Own Story”


The Making of the West, chapter 24, “Industry, Empire, and Everyday Life”


October 30                              An Era of “Isms” II: Imperialism, Racism, Expansionism, and Antisemitism

Reading:           Wilhelm Marr, “The Victory of Judaism over Germandom”


                        Trial of Oscar Wilde (selections)

On French Colonial Expansion

The Making of the West, chapter 25, “Modernity and the Road To War”



November 1                             New Tensions at the Turn of the 20th century

                                                Reading:           The Making of the West, chapter 25, “Modernity and

the Road to War”

The Making of the West,  p. 996 “An Historian promotes militant




                                                            New Challenges, New Horrors                        


November 6                             World War I

                        Reading:           Remarque,  All Quiet on the Western Front

                                                The Making of the West, pages 1003-1014


November 8                             The Russian Revolution and the European Crises of 1918-20

                                                Lenin, “Call to Power”


                                                Resolution of Soviet Congresses


The Making of the West, chapter 26, “War, Revolution and



November 13                           Interwar or Prewar?  1919-1930

Reading:        “Enough is Enough!  Against the Masculinization of Women” (on-line reserve)

Benito Mussolini, The Doctrine of Fascism

                                    The Making of the West, chapter 26, “War, Revolution and Reconstruction”

                                                CASE STUDY DUE


November 15                           The 1930s

Reading:           The Making of the West, pages 1060-1090

                                                Adolf Hitler’s June 22 1941 speech

                                                The Making of the West, chapter 27 “An Age of Catastrophes”


November 20                           World War II

                                                The Making of the West, chapter 27 “An Age of Catastrophes”


November 22                           The Holocaust

Reading:           Primo Levi, “On the Bottom” and “The Drowned and the Saved” (CP or on-line reserve)


                                                Art Spiegelman, “The Noose Tightens” (CP or on-line reserve)



                                                            Legacies of War                                                          


November 27                           The Postwar Division of Europe

Reading:           The Making of the West, chapter 28 “Remaking Europe”

                        “The Schuman plan on European Unity” p. 1114  (in the Making

of the West)


November 29                           Conclusion:  A New Europe?



FINAL EXAMINATION will be held on December 6th, 11:30-1:18

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