HIST 394: Globalization and History

HIST 394-002: Globalization and History
(Fall 2024)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR

Horizon Hall 3010

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Section Information for Fall 2024

We tend to think of globalization as something relatively recent, the result of technological innovations and new forms of economic activity and cultural expression. But globalization—the forging of networks that link different parts of the world and the impacts of those networks on individuals, communities, environments, and polities—is not simply a phenomenon of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Modern networks of globalization rest on deep substrata of migration, exchange, business, warfare, empire, and colonialism created over centuries, if not millennial, of human activity. This course traces that deeper history from (roughly) 1200 to the present to help us understand the forms that globalization has taken and the forces that have shaped the world we live in today. We will explore these questions through a variety of lenses: individual experiences of voluntary travelers and forced migrants; the histories of particular commodities and their production, distribution, and consumption; the spread and adaptation of cultural and religious practices around the world; the violent processes of colonialism, revolution, and decolonization in various regions; and the complex relationships between various forms of globalization and environmental change.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores major events in the making of the modern world from a global perspective, with emphasis on interconnections and the historical development of power, authority, and governance. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global History
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Junior or Senior.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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