10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Art & Design Building 2003
Section Information for Spring 2020
This class examines the forces, trends, relationships, and events that have shaped the modern world, from about 1300 to the present. We will touch on the particular histories of a variety of regions—East Asia, South Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and North America—but the overall theme of the class is less these particular histories than the creation and evolution of the global systems of trade and power relations that tied them all together. Through a variety of sources, we will explore and attempt to understand the ways in which these global systems were created, contested, and transformed over the course of the late medieval, early modern, and modern eras. The main themes of this history include trade and mercantile activity, colonialism and imperialism, industrialization and consumption, revolution and nationalism, and resistance and anti-colonialism. These are big concepts and broad themes, but we will also try to be attentive to the ways these processes shaped and were shaped by individual and local experiences.
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