HIST 125: Introduction to World History

HIST 125-004: Introduction to World History
(Spring 2020)

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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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Analytical approach to world history overview that surveys major features of principal existing civilizations of world, as originally formed and as altered by key global processes including forces of modernity. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Western Civilization
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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