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HIST 255 Cities and the Making of Modern Europe: 1750 to Present (4)

This course surveys the transformation of Europe from a primarily rural to an overwhelmingly urban society. Why have cities come to dominate the European landscape? How have the functions of cities changed over time? How has the growth of cities impacted people's quality of life and how have cities managed the environmental, social, economic, and cultural challenges that expansion brought? What kinds of struggles played out in cities? To what extent are cities engines of change in shaping modern European society? The course will grapple with such questions by studying the histories of a selection of cities across Europe from the onset of the industrial revolution to the present.

  • General Education Requirement: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Smaldone

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