From the Renaissance to the age of Enlightenment, early modern Europe experienced a radical rethinking of many aspects of civilization including art, science, religion, political organization and more. The ideas that emerged over these four centuries continue to shape our modern context today, with all its complexities and contradictions. Historian Wil McCorquodale, Ph.D., provides a survey of this transformative period from the end of the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. This course reviews the classical and medieval foundations of this age and examines the Renaissance, the Reformation, European trading empires, state-building and the case of Russia and France, the “English exception,” the Enlightenment and the ushering in of the modern age. The class also considers how early modern European history has shaped the aspirations and limitations of the European Union today.