10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Section Information for Spring 2018
In this course, we will seek to answer a number of questions, including: What does it mean to view history from a global perspective? How can we use this perspective to illuminate the histories of countries, communities, and even individuals? How do people see themselves and their places in the world? How do they label others as different and what do they perceive of these differences? How have these labels – for themselves and others – changed over time? How have these labels shaped personal experiences, challenges, and opportunities for certain communities? In this class, we will constantly shift in perspective, from local developments to global changes, to discuss major trends and developments in world history from roughly the
fourteenth century to the present-day. Students will study topics as varied as the pre-1492 travels of Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo, the collision of American, European, and African communities in the years following Columbus, the many revolutions of the eighteenth century, European imperialism, and clashes in the era of decolonization. By the end of the semester, students will be able to not only describe the economic dimensions of global history, but also cultural, political, and social ones.