The Making of Europe - Track

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Dive into the thrilling history of Europe and its role on the world stage, zooming in to three of the most exciting cities of Europe: Rome, Utrecht and Berlin! The combination of three online courses, designed by three excellent European universities, will provide an overview of the history and workings of Europe. Immerse yourself in Europe’s history and culture.

This year we will offer this course in an online format. 

During this course we will trace the making of Europe, from its most ancient roots to its most current affairs. This will be done through a multidisciplinary approach in which political, economic and societal perspectives will be offered. You will come to understand these historical developments from both a national and an international viewpoint. The programme will offer you the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics starting with the history of the Roman empire, continuing to the Medieval Era and the Renaissance.

We will explore the city of Rome digitally, enjoying its remarkable architecture, art and museums, such as the Pantheon, the forums of Caesar and Augustus, the Capitoline museum, the accomplishments of Michelangelo on Saint Peter’s Basilica and the many beautiful early churches like the Santa Prassede. During classes, topics to be treated are the Roman Republic and Empire, ancient religion - including the birth of Christianity - and the confusing Middle Ages that were characterized by political and religious strive. After treating the Renaissance and Baroque period, we will even briefly glimpse ahead to Mussolini’s Rome. 

The second time periods we will study is the Dutch Golden Age; the era roughly spanning the 17th century. In this era the Dutch became one of the world’s greatest maritime, economic and artistic world powers after rebelling against their Spanish rulers. In this course you will have the opportunity to visit several historical museums in a virtual setting. After these two weeks, you will be able to analyze and discuss the role of the Netherlands in the making of Europe and have a firm understanding of the main political, religious and cultural developments that took place in Europe in this time period. During these two weeks, you will definitely be able to ‘experience’ history!

Many deeply impacting developments occurred over the course of the 20th century: Two World Wars were fought, the European Union was founded and the fall of Communism unfolded. All these occurences, and more, streched out over one century. Being such a crucial city in Europe’s history in the 20th century, Berlin is the most fitting location to offer this part of the online course. Special emphasis will also be given to Germany's role in the continent and to the historical origins of the European Union and its present state. The city of Berlin, with all its tangible historical remains, will be dealt with as a city of former crisis with great promises for a better future.

Course director
Matisse Huiskens, MA; Thom van Leuveren, BA; Maarten Paulusse, MA & Dr. Stefan Cetkovic

Target audience

The course is open to all students from different fields of study with an interest in culture, society and politics.

Aim of the course

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate different theories and conceptualisations of the historic development of Europe, with specific attention for Italy, The Netherlands and Germany;
  • Show an understanding of various historic monuments and their relation to historical developments;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the European developments;
  • Demonstrate this critical knowledge and understanding in written and verbal form.


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