The project is a kind of capstone experience in the Global and Historical class at Butler University.  Students studied the topic “Revolutionary Europe” and then created their websites based on their research and evaluation of the topic.  The idea was for students to consider “revolution” in a broad context, including but not limited to the idea of military or violent revolt.  Instead they were invited to consider issues of revolution in art, literature, music, philosophy, science, medicine, transportation, and industry, for example.  Then, having examined the issues, they were to write about them and illustrate their findings in vibrant and exciting web presentations.  All work was to be thoroughly documented and all visuals were to be fully licensed for use or created by the students themselves.  So, as a result of this exercise, students gained knowledge of the material, the technical skills needed to produce their sites, and the legal issues involved in doing solid academic work.  Our goal was to help students develop a deeper appreciation for other peoples and other times, to work successfully as creative teams, and to successfully present their materials to the world in this website.

The project was made possible because of the deep and wonderfully thorough help of two Butler University Librarians, Amanda Starkel and Franny Gaede.  It is no exaggeration to say that this project could never have been done without their guidance and assistance.

We hope that this website will provide help to others interested in examining these same topics.

Dr James Keating
Global Historical Studies
Butler University
Indianapolis, Indiana

Header Image: Left: Coal Dockers (by Claude Monet, 1875, public domain), Center: Dance Class at the Opera (by Edgar Degas, 1872, public domain), Right: Rain Steam and Speed, The Great Western Railway (by William Turner, n.d., public domain).

Politics & Economics Science & Industry Literature & Culture Art & Music
Political Philosophers of Early Europe: The Scientific Revolution, Kant, Hobbes, Locke, and Voltaire

Revolutionary Politics in Europe: Nietzsche, Mill, Lenin, and Rousseau

Economic Influences: Smith, Keynes, Marx, and Malthus

Science: Revolutionary Medicine and Methods

Revolutionary Science in Europe: The British Academy, Chemistry, Physics, Mendel, and Newton

Industrial Revolution: Mining, Telegraph, Textiles, Iron, and Steel

Industrial Revolution: Where History Was Made: Textile Industry, Electricity, Transportation, and Steam Power

Transportation: Revolutionary Europe: The Steam Engine, Locomotives, Automobiles, and Water Travel

Revolution in Literature: Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Naturalism, and Victorian Literature

European Literature: Science Fiction, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, and Gothic Literature

European Culture: Art, Coffee House Culture, European Etiquette, Music, and the World’s Fair

Visual Art, Painting, and Photography In Revolutionary Europe

European Art: Cubism, Expressionism, Impressionism, Braque, Turner, Picasso, and van Gogh

The European Songbird: Opera, Ballet, Puccini, and Tchaikovsky

Music: Grieg, Chopin, Mahler, Brahms, and Wagner