World History: Europe, the Americas, and the Globe, 1400-2005

History 100.002

Fall 2005
160 Kroeber
Day & Time: 
MWF 1-2

Now that we live in a global era, it is time to turn our attention to world history. We can no longer afford the illusion that each nation has its own unique formation, independent of all others. Instead, we need to examine the complex interactions that produced our current condition. A good place to start is 1400, when the peoples of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas had only minimal contact with one another. From that point we will follow the intensification of interactions across the Atlantic and Pacific which would result in commercial and then industrial revolutions, culminating in the rise of modern empires and nation states.

The course will examine how the long history of global interaction has affected various world areas, creating commonalites but also radical differences. It will provide an understanding of both the emergence of new forms of wealth and the degradation of the human and natural environment. And it will explore the origins of class, ethnic, and gender systems that continue to produce inequalities within and between the world's nations. By viewing the world as one interactive system, we can grasp dimensions of our own lives that are impossible to comprehend from provincial national perspectives.


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