I cannot recommend this course highly enough. It made me decide to turn my concentration in history into a second major. While like any history course, it has its fair share of dates to memorize, Professor Saada emphasized overarching themes and questions over factoids, and emphasized primary source reading over a textbook narrative. This span of this class stretches from the French Revolution to the present, so it essentially encompasses everything within the Revolution's legacy, industrialization and urbanization, post-colonialism, Nazi collaboration, the building of the EU, the influx of Arab immigration, etc. Not only was the information in this course incredibly relevant to understanding modern European history, it was very useful for thinking about current events. Professor Saada also screens films for the course; last year, it was Au Revoir les Enfants and the Battle of Algiers.
This was by far the best class I've taken in the history department, and possibly one of the best courses I've taken at Columbia. Also, the TA Allison Powers is wonderful; sections with her were the highlight of my day.