HIST 122: Western Civilization II

Spring 2015
Course Description and Schedule

Patterson Hall 200
9:30-10:45 TTh

Mr Lehmann
Office Hours: TTh 11-12, 2-3 OBA
East Hall 210, 677-5218, clehmann@usd.edu; clehmann.org


TA: Taylor Hamblin
Office hours: TTh 8:30-9:30, 11:00-12:00
East Hall 215, 677-5218

Catalog description: SURVEYS THE DEVELOPMENT OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION FROM THE REFORMATION ERA TO THE PRESENT. No prerequisites; no unusual technology skills required.

This is the second of a two-part survey of Western Civilization and introduces students to some of the leading figures, ideas, and events of the modern world. It also exposes students to the concerns and methods of historical inquiry through lectures, analysis and discussion of selected texts, and writing of short papers.  The goal of this course is for the student not only to acquire historical information but also to learn through example (lectures, textbook) and practice (discussions, essay examinations, papers) a historical/critical method of thought and expression.

Students must read all assignments, attend every lecture, take notes, participate in discussions, and secure this syllabus and all handouts--which contain chronological and geographical background to the lectures and readings--from the instructor's web page. In addition, each student writes five mini-themes of one to two pages. Students who expect to miss more than three meetings should see the instructor within the first week. Each student should plan to meet with the instructor within the first two or three weeks of class. A set of study questions, also available on-line, will assist the student preparing for examinations.  Finally, each student must maintain a portfolio containing all written work.  The portfolio will be a simple green two-pocket folder containing the minithemes and exams as they are complete.

The first midterm exam covers part seven of the course; another covers parts eight and nine; and a final exam covers parts ten and eleven. Exams consist of one long and a choice of two out of three short essay questions; the final exam includes a comprehensive essay question.

Each student writes a mini-theme on a choice of suggested topics for each reading, due on the assigned date during discussion of the topics.  The first and second midterms count 50 points each, the final 75, and the mini-themes 100 points (20 points each), for a total of 275 possible points.











Students who wish to arrange another method of evaluation should see the instructor within the first two weeks. For what not to do, consult the Top 10 Ways to Lower Your Grade in Humanities. Success in this course will require at least eight to ten hours of work each week.

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Required Books

Recommended Book

Kate L Turabian. A Manual for Writers. 7th ed. Chicago: Univ of Chicago Press, 2007.  0226823377

The Mini-themes

Each mini-theme should be between 250 and 500 words long (one to two machine-printed pages). It can earn up to 20 points as follows: 10 points for content (clarity of argument, familiarity with the work), 5 points for style (grammar, spelling, use of words), and 5 points for care in presentation. The instructors will return essays with special problems for rewriting.  Try to work a week in advance; your instructors will gladly evaluate and mark up your first clean draft and return it to you for rewriting in time for the final submission.

Unless you make special arrangements in advance or have a medical or family emergency, you must participate in the discussion in order to receive credit for a given paper.  Submit the paper inside your green binder. Keep all of your graded papers in this binder at least until you receive your final grade for this course. Your instructor will want to see that your writing improves from paper to paper. You may also need it later in your college career as you assemble a portfolio of your academic work.

As you read the assignments keep all the suggested topics in mind, and take notes. Then pick one topic and answer it carefully and concisely. Feel free to consult with fellow students and with your instructor as you prepare the assignments, but the result must be entirely your own. Be particularly careful to avoid plagiarism; you must give references for every idea or quotation you borrow as you construct your argument. See Turabian, Manual for Writers, for the proper way to indicate references. At the head of your paper write the title and your name and staple your sheets together.  You do not need a bibliographic citation unless you use an edition other than that specified in the book list. Consult the classic "Mr. Bockelman’s Guidelines for Writing Good Mini-Themes."

A. Webster's Duchess of Malfi

B. Büchner's Danton's Death

C. Ibsen's A Doll House

D. Roth's Radetzky March

  1. "The Austrian Empire: Good or Bad?" Describe the positive and negative views various characters have of the empire. Evaluate those views and state your own.
  2. "The Assassination of an Empire." What killed the Austrian Empire? The assassination of Ferdinand, nationalism, socialism, God, its subjects? Select one principal cause and explain why you consider it the most important.
  3. "Vienna and the Provinces." Contrast life in Vienna with life in such provinces as Silesia where the District Captain works and Slovenia where his son Carl Joseph is stationed.

E. Walcott's Omeros

  1. "Modernizing Achille." Walcott discusses changes its integration into the Western economy have wrought on his native island, especially with respect to tourism. Does he find these changes good or bad? How does Achille respond to the changes? Does the modernization of the island parallel what the author does with Homer's classic?
  2. "Colonizing Helen." What do you learn about the history of the colonization of St Lucia? Why did the European states fight over her? What drew Major Plunkett to it?
  3. "Wearing the Yellow Dress." In what ways does the poem show how native people appropriate western culture for their own use? Does the author do so himself?


Click here for chronology sheet.

Click here for study guides.


13 Jan Introduction to the Modern World; map of the Atlantic World; Europe in 1648

Part 7: Absolutism and Enlightenment [Civilizations chs 15-17]

15 Jan

Introduction and Chronology (bring chronology sheet);
Presentation by Yiyi Jiang, Writing Center Consultant

20 Jan

Absolutism in France and Germany

22 Jan

Presentation by Anthony Mandela, Center for Academic & Global Engagement
The English Exception

27 Jan The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment
29 Jan Discussion: Webster, Duchess of Malfi
3 Feb

First Midterm Examination

Part 8: The Age of Revolutions [Civilizations chs 18-19]

5 Feb

Introduction and Chronology (bring chronology sheet); map of the Atlantic Revolutions, Napoleon's Empire, Napoleon's March on Moscow

10 Feb

The French Revolution and Its Consequences
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

12 Feb

Discussion: Büchner's Danton's Death

17 Feb

The Industrial Revolution and Its Consequences
Nineteenth Century Economics

19 Feb

Slides: Modern Art and Architecture

Part 9: A Century of Ideas [Civilizations chs 20-23]

24 Feb

Introduction and Chronology (bring chronology sheet); map: the Congress of Vienna

26 Feb

Liberalism and Nationalism

3 Mar

Socialism and Democracy

5 Mar

New Directions in Thought and Science

17 Mar

Discussion: Ibsen's A Doll's House

19 Mar Second Midterm Examination

Part 10: Turn of the Century [Civilizations ch 24]

24 Mar

Introduction and Chronology (bring chronology sheet); maps: European alliances, WW I, Peaces of Paris

26 Mar Guest lecture by Prof David Burrow: Bismarck's Germany
map: the unification of Germany; fin-de-siècle Berlin; the ventriloquist of Varzin

31 Mar

World War I and The Russian Revolution

2 Apr

Discussion: Roth's The Radetzky March

7 Apr Totalitarianism
9 Apr Slides: Modern Art

Part 11: The Twentieth Century [Civilizations chs 25-29]

14 Apr

Introduction and Chronology (bring chronology sheet); maps: Europe in 1923, WW II, the Cold War, Decolonization of Africa, HIPCs,

16 Apr World War II
21 Apr

Postwar Tensions: The Cold War

23 Apr

The Third World

28 Apr Discussion: Walcott's Omeros
30 Apr Slides: Postmodern Art and Architecture

3:00-5:00 pm Thursday 7 May:  Final Examination