This course is designed to familiarize students with the broad outlines of European history from the Renaissance and Reformation to the present. It covers the startling religious, economic, intellectual, scientific, technological, political, artistic, cultural, ideological, and social changes that have come to shape not only Western civilization but also world civilization in general. Because so much of modern history has been dominated by Europe, and because Europeans pioneered the crucial historical processes that have since been experienced, to lesser or greater degrees, by the entire global community, this course focuses particular attention on events and developments in Europe, while at the same time trying to shed light on the changing patterns of interaction, articulation, and domination that have characterized the relationship between the nations of Europe and the rest of the world. There will be a heavy emphasis throughout the course on primary source reading as well as student writing.