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HIST1002 Tradition and Transformation in Western History

Semester 2 (2019-2020)

Lecture TimeFriday 8:30am-10:15am

VenueYIA LT6


Lecturer Noah SHUSTERMAN ((852) 3943 1765 /

Teaching Assistant CHIANG Keng Pu & FONG Wai Man (







10 Jan


Ancient Greeks and Hebrews 



17 Jan


Ancient Rome



24 Jan

Chinese New Year

31 Jan


Medieval Europe 1



7 Feb


Medieval Europe 2



14 Feb


Renaissance, Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution



21 Feb


The Anglophone World: Crisis, Growth, Crisis


28 Feb


French Revolution and Napoleon


6 Mar




13 Mar


Nineteenth-Century Europe


20 Mar


Nineteenth-Century United States


27 Mar





3 Apr

Reading Week

10 Apr

Easter Holiday

17 Apr


The Path to War


20 or 21 Apr


 Summary and recap




Class 1:  Ancient Greeks and Hebrews 


Class 2: Ancient Rome, from Republic to Empire

 Plutarch, Life of Caesar, chapters 1, 2, 15-23, 32


Class 3: Medieval Europe 1

Einhard – life of charlemagne 

St. Augustine, City of God, Book First, sections 7,8,9, 


Class 4: Medieval Europe 2


Anonimalle Chronicle: English Peasants’ Revolt 1381 


Class 5: Renaissance, Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution

There will be a short test at the start of class. The test include the material of weeks 1-4, focusing on the primary source readings, and the lectures.

Luther, “95 Theses”

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre eyewitness descriptions 

Class 6: The Anglophone World : Crisis, Growth, Crisis

Locke, Second Treatise of Government, Book II Chapter 1 (all), Chapter 7 sections 87-89,  Chapter 7 sections 95-98, Chapter 9 section 123, Chapter 19 sections 222-223 

Declaration of Independence


Class 7: The French Revolution and Napoleon

Declaration of the Rights of man

Robespierre on Political Morality


Class 8. Industrialization

Engels, The Condition of the English Working Class 


Class 9: Nineteenth-Century Europe

There will be a short test at the start of class. The test include the material of weeks 1-8, focusing on the primary source readings, and the lectures.

Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil, selections:

Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, Preface and Chapter 1


Class 10: Nineteenth-century United States 

Frederick Douglass, “What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?”

The Declaration of Sentiments

Class 11: Colonization

Kipling, The White Man’s Burden

Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant”


Class 12: The Path to War

There will be a short test at the start of class. The test include the material of weeks 9-12, focusing on the primary source readings, and the lectures.


Class 13: Summary and Recap

Assessment & Assignments

Tutorial: 25%

Tests: 55%

  • 14 February (Class 5) 10% 
  • 13 March (Class 9)  30% 
  • 17 April (Class 12) 15% 


Take-home exam: 20% [Questions sent out on 17 April (Class 12)] 


Students have to sign up for one group and attend ALL tutorials classes as it accounts for 25% of the final grade. 

Change of groups is not accepted after enrollment. 


More details will be announced. 

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With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
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Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

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