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HIST1002 Tradition and Transformation in Western History

Semester 2 (2022-2023)

Lecture TimeFriday, 08:30 - 10:15

VenueLT3, Chen Kou Bun Building (CKB LT3)


Lecturer Noah SHUSTERMAN (3943 1765 /

Teaching Assistant 刘葭妍 (


Class 1:  Ancient Greeks and Hebrews


Class 2: Ancient Rome, from Republic to Empire

Plutarch, The Parallel Lives, “The Life of Julius Caesar”, chapters 1, 2,15-23, 32.


Class 3: Medieval Europe I

Einhard, The Life of Charlemagne (selection).

St. Augustine, The City of God, Book I, Sections 7-9.


Class 4: Medieval Europe II

Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron (selection).

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 includes the materials of weeks 1-4, focusing on the primary source readings, and the lectures.

Martin Luther, The 95 Theses.

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre(24 Aug 1572) eyewitness descriptions.

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

John 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.

The United States Declaration of Independence


Class 7: The French Revolution and Napoleon

The Declaration of the Rights of man

Maximilien Robespierre, “On Political Morality”.


Class 8. Industrialization

Friederich Engels, The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 (selection).


Class 9: Nineteenth-Century Europe

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

Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil (selection):

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, Seneca Falls Conference, 1848.


Class 11: Colonization

Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden”.

George Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant”.


Class 12: The Path to War

There will be a short test at the start of class. The test includes 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%

  • Class 5    10% 
  • Class 9    30% 
  • Class 12   15% 


Take-home exam: 20%


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.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

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