This course is designed to provide students with an introduction both to the study of history and to some of the fundamental developments in Western Civilization between the end of the Middle Ages and recent times. Since the period covered is long and richly varied, topics will be selected that will make the subject both intelligible and enjoyable. In order to impose some order on the multitude of events, personalities, and ideas, the changing relationship between the individual and the state will be offered as a common theme. What transformed an individual's perception of his or her role in life? What were the public and private consequences?