Section Information for Fall 2021
In this course we explore the sweeping historical changes that created today’s world. Beginning around 1450, we trace key processes reshaping the politics, cultures, and economies of various regions. Our focus will be on global interactions and connections – especially the history of globalization – which we will balance with consideration of local developments and differences. While Europe and the United States are part of our focus, we primarily consider Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Each of these geographic regions became enmeshed in a global system affected by far-reaching cultural transformation, mercantile activity, industrial growth and imperialism/colonialism. Finally, we study the influences of modern nationalism, Cold War dynamics, and anti-colonial movements in the twentieth century. By the end of the semester, students should have a grasp of the major trends underlying six centuries of world history.
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