Modern History
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Course title in Estonian
Uusaegne maailm
Course title in English
Modern History
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
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.
Independent work
Seminars are focusing on the main figures of Modern Era. Each student chooses freely one key figure from the period, introducing in form of short oral presentation (ca 15 min) the life and activity. A general academic discussion follows the presentation. The sources used for the oral presentation should be submitted to the lecturer in the format of bibliography before the seminar. Using Wikipedia as the only source is not permitted.
Learning outcomes in the course
Student is able to
List the main development trends and problems of Modern History
Use the core terminology of the period
Summaries the main development trends of the period
Find connections between cause and result of the developments of the period
Explains how 16 to 18 Century differ from Medieval Times and from 19 to 20 Century and points out the mains reasons for these differences
Demonstrate the competence of theoretical knowledge of the period during the oral presentation
put Modern Art and Architecture into the historical, political and cultural context.
Assessment methods
The final evaluation consists of oral presentation and written exam with open questions. In exam student is free to use personal notes taken at lectures and additional materials. Exam consist of three questions, each question and the presentation gives 25% from the total amount.
Dotsent Kaarel Vanamölder
Replacement literature
-Barokiajastu inimene. Koost. Rosario Villari. Avita 2008.
-Early Modern European Oxford History. Edited by Euan Cameron. Oxford University Press 1999. (Rahvusraamatukogu, RR).
-Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789. Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks. Cambridge University Press 2006. (Tallinna Ülikooli Akadeemiline Raamatukogu, TLÜAR).
-Euroopa ajalugu. Antiikajast kuni kolmanda aastatuhande koiduni. Peatoimetaja John Stevenson. Varrak 2003.
-Protestantlik eetika ja kapitalismi vaim. Max Weber. Varrak 2007.
-Hispaania ajalugu. Koostanud Raymond E. Carr. Valgus 2006.
-The Dutch Republic: Its rise, greatness and fall, 1477-1806. Johathan Israel. Clarendan Press 1998. (RR).
Inglismaa-SB ajalugu:
-Briti saarte ajalugu. Jeremy Black. Valgus 2004.
-Suurbritannia sünd. Priit Raudkivi. Argo 2004.
-The Dutch Republic: Its rise, greatness and fall, 1477-1806. Johathan Israel. Clarendan Press 1998. (RR).
Osmanite Türgi impeerium:
The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe. Daniel Goffman. Cambridge University Press 2002. (RR).
-Mõtisklusi Prantsuse revolutsioonist. Edmund Burke. Varrak 2008.
-Prantsuse revolutsiooni kultuurilised lätted. Roger Chartier. Tallinn 2002.
-Prantsusmaa ajalugu. Gerard Labrune, Philippe Toutain. Valgus 2000.
-The State in Early Modern France. J. B. Collins. Cambridge University Press 1995. (RR)
Saksa ajalugu:
-Saksa ajalugu. Hagen Schulze.Valgus 2005.
- The Art of the Dutch Republic 1585-–1718. Mariēt Westermann. London 2005.
- Barokk. Arhitektuur. Maalikunst, Skulptuur. Rolf Toman. Tallinn 2008.
- Art and Architecture in France 1500–1700. Anthony Blunt. Yale Univeristy Press Pelican History of Art. New Haven, London 1999.
- Art in Europe 1700–1830. Matthew Craske. Oxford History of Art. Oxford 1997.