10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW
Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 131
Section Information for Spring 2020
History 100 is a broad examination of how the western world developed. Covering the period from antiquity to the twentieth century, the course focuses on the big ideas, momentous events, and significant philosophical, cultural and social movements of western civilization in general, and Europe more specifically. How western societies organized themselves – the laws and the ways in which they were enforced, who wielded power, the division of labor and social privilege – forms a major theme. Another theme is the expansion of political power – through war, revolution or colonization. Still another theme is the rise of religious rule, and secular challenges to such rule. A large part of course focuses on the study of ancient Greece; the expansion and fall of the Roman empire; the spread of Christianity during the early Middle Ages; Charlemagne; the social and political consequences of the bubonic plague; the Hundred Years’ War and Joan of Arc; the Reformation; the Scientific Revolution; the Enlightenment; the French Revolution; nationalism; World War I and II; and the Cold War. Lectures comprise the majority of the course. A small amount of class time is devoted to discussion and watching films.
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