This course takes a deep dive into the major thinkers and major ideas that have made Europe—and the world—what they are today. Starting from the Enlightenment, we will work our way to the present, tracing how Europeans have understood the reality of their moment and dreamed big dreams for an idealized future. Throughout, we will consider ideas of good government, how to live in society, and what we owe each other as citizens of a country, a continent, or the world. Moving beyond the traditional notion of “great [white] men,” we will also think critically about how women and people of color have contributed to Europe’s intellectual journey, often without acknowledgement from mainstream society. By discussing philosophy, political tracts, and literature, we will develop a deeper understanding of Europeans’ highest ideals and darkest moments, as well as the impact of their thought experiments on the surrounding world.