HIST 125: Introduction to World History

HIST 125-005: Introduction to World History
(Fall 2022)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW

Horizon Hall 2008

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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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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
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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