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.



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Section Title
Early Modern European History: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Online, fixed date
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Apr 06, 2020 to May 18, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Synchronous Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $230.00
Section Notes

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A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 days prior to the class start date. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu.