Unit 2: Revolution and Modernity
Many historians believe the "modern age" began with the French Revolution. While there were revolutions in the ancient world, many argue that something radically new appeared in history at the end of the eighteenth century.
In this unit, we explore the connection between revolutions and modernity by focusing on the following questions: What was the western world like before modernity? What ideas inspired the French Revolution, and what was modern about them? Your analysis of pre-revolutionary Europe will also give you a point of comparison for later units, which turn to non-western revolutions.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 8 hours.
2.1: Ancien Régime Europe: Two Examples
2.2: The Enlightenment
2.3: Characteristics of Modernity
Unit 2 Assessment