Acadia Senior College

Course offerings

Selected Topics in Modern European History

Harald Paumgarten, Michael Blythe

Mellon Room, Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road, Northeast Harbor
This course will discuss the transformative effects of five “revolutions” – scientific, technological, economic, political, and social. The class will examine the paths from late medieval to modern, autocracies to democracies, reformers to revolutionaries, and their successes and failures. Particular focus will be on 17th century England, 17th and 18th century France, and 20th century Russia in the context of European advancement as a whole.
About the instructors

Harald Paumgarten received a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.B.A. from The University of California, Berkeley. He has been an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia University, Baruch College, St. John’s College, and Howard University. Harald’s business career includes senior positions at Deutsche Bank, HSBC Funds, WP Carey, UBS, and Florida Capital Corporation, among others.

Michael Blythe was educated at Rugby School and Balliol College, University of Oxford. After service as a captain in HM Royal Marines, he had a long career in deep water oil field development in the North Sea and Nigeria. He has taught Acadia Senior College courses on the history and technology of offshore oil exploration and drilling and on the French Revolution.

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