This course is designed to provide an introduction to World History from Renaissance to the unification of Germany. The main aim of the course is to deepen our understandingof current political and cultural conflicts by examining the modern history of European nations, whose institutions and ideologies have influenced the development of human societies throughout the world. We will study the interaction of political and economic philosophies, state systems, scientific and commercial developments, reformations, artistictrends, religious beliefs, scientific thought, popular revolutions, military aggression, the French Revolution, industrialization, establishment of large nation-states, the balance of power, imperialism, diplomacy, war and peace. The course is also designed to improve your skills in critical reading and writing.