12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW
Horizon Hall 2008
Section Information for Fall 2022
It is my hope that this course allows you to discover the major trends in global history that have created our modern world. From the Ancient World to present, we will take a look at varied societies in world history not as individual civilizations or nation-states, but as part of a larger global community–exploring sites of contact, mutual interaction, codependence, and conflict. Focusing on Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the course will examine the cultural, technological, political, economic, religious and social transformations that shaped the societies of these geographic regions, as they became part of an interworking global system.
Since world history by its nature involves going over enormous amounts of information, I do not expect you to retain a detailed knowledge of everything. We will focus instead on developing an overall framework of what has happened in the world and what broad patterns and trends we can use to make sense of it (such as Communities, Networks, Production and Distribution, etc.) and then fitting the details into that framework. In doing so, we will pay attention both to interactions and encounters among the various societies, and to what sorts of useful comparisons we can draw between them. Finally, we will pay particular attention to sources and interpretations — so that you can see where the generalizations in your textbooks come from, and what they are based upon.
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