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HIST 230 Revolutions in the Modern World • 5 Cr.


Studies the forces that produce significant changes in a nation's social, economic, or political ideas and institutions. Students analyze "revolutions" such as those in England, America, France, Russia, and China. Same as POLS 230 (prev POLSC 230). Either HIST 230 or POLS 230 may be taken for credit, not both. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify the cultural, socioleconomic, and political issues that create climate of opinion that have spawned revolution
  • Compare and contrast the historical antecedents process and consequences of the English, American, French and Russian Revolutions. Other modern revolutionary movements may be considered.
  • Apply revolutionary theory as expressed in selected documents to the circumstances of each revolution and will construct an analysi that will sort out the rhetoric of each from the historical reality that unfolded.
  • Apply ideological theory to the process of revolution.
  • Assessment of these outcomes will be achieved through:
    • Timed in class essay examinations.
    • Untimed out of class essay assignments that are designed to foster critical analysis.
    • A comprehensive final exam essay that may be timed or untimed/ in or out of class.



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