Modern History
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Uusaegne maailm
Course title in English
Modern History
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To create preconditions for the formation of compact and chronological understanding the European Modern History, in its main aspects in political, cultural and social history from the reformation in the 16th century till the Congress of Vienna (1814/1815).
Brief description of the course
The concept of Modern Age and its periods – main evolutions. Thirty Years´ War and the Peace of Westphalia. Swedish Empire. Struggles between the king and parliament in the 17th century England. The golden era of Netherlands. Development of absolutism in France. Decline of Spanish Empire and the War of the Spanish Succession. The Great Northern War and the rise of Russia. Austrian progress into great power and War of Succession. The rise of Brandenburg-Prussia into great power and the Seven Years´ War. Enlightened absolutism in the 18th century. Partitions of Poland. Southern Europe and Great Britain in the 18th century. Independence of United States. The problems of ancien régime in France and the enlightened theories of government. Art and architecture in Modern Age. The Great French Revolution and the era of Napoleon. Long nineteenth century. Changes in the society in the 19th century.
Lectures will be continued with seminars. The course is held by several lecturers.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- can list the main development trends and problems of Modern History;
- uses the core terminology of the period;
- summarizes the main development trends of the period;
- can find connections between cause and result of the developments of the period;
- can explain how 16 to 18 Century differ from Medieval Times and from 19 to 20 Century and points out the mains reasons for these differences;
- is able to demonstrate the competence of theoretical knowledge of the period during the oral presentation;
- is able to put Modern Art and Architecture into the historical, political and cultural context.
Kaarel Vanamölder