Global History from 1500
History 010, Spring 2013
Professor: Andy Buchanan
Office: Wheeler 303
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00-4:00, and by appointment
Teaching Assistant: Matt Preedom
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30-12:30 and by appointment Office hours held in Wheeler 101
Objectives, Assigned Reading, and the “Blackboard” Website
This course will offer an overview of the main economic, social, military, political, and cultural developments that shaped the course of human history from the new era of global interconnectedness that began with the expansion of European trade and conquest in the fifteenth century, to the present day. In particular, we’ll be looking at the successive rise of systems of imperial domination from the Spanish empire in the Americas, to the British Empire, and the global hegemony of the United States. How did peoples of Africa, Asia, and the Americas seek to resist this domination, and how successful were they? What part have social revolutions—from the British, American, and French in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the Russian, Chinese, and Cuban in the twentieth, played in world history? Can we identify patterns in these events?
The course will include both lectures and classroom discussions. Classes will be based on assigned readings from the textbook, The Earth and Its Peoples and from “primary” sources—that’s to say contemporary documents, letters, cultural products, and other material—collected in The Human Record. Other material will also be made available on the Blackboard academic website during the semester.
The following books are required reading. Please be sure to get the correct edition as content varies from edition to edition. * Richard Bulliet, Pamela Kyle Crossley, Daniel Headrick, Steven Hirsch, Lyman Johnson, and David Northrup, The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History, Volume I1: From 1500, 5th Edition, Houghton Mifflin, 2009, ISBN 978-0-495-90288-1 * Alfred Andrea and James Overfield, (eds), The Human Record: Sources of Global History, Volume I1: From 1500, 7th Edition, Houghton Mifflin, 2009, ISBN 978-0-495-91308-5
Organization of the Course and Grading
Over the course of the term, you will be asked to write four two-page commentaries analyzing specified primary documents. Each of these commentaries will account for 10% of your final grade, for a total of 40%. Your work must be handed in on the specified dates.
There will be a midterm exam on Friday March 1, and the final exam will be on TBA. The midterm will account for 25% of your final course grade, and the final will account for 35%. The midterm and final exams will both include recognitions and a short essay. There’ll be a choice of questions, and we’ll review the requirements for both exams in class beforehand.
Your overall course grade will consist of the following elements:
See policy below
Commentaries (4 x 10%)
Students are required to attend all scheduled classes. Over the course of the semester you are entitled to a maximum of two “personal days,” on which you can miss class without advance notice. Students may also be excused from class for medical, athletic, or religious reasons, and, if possible, should discuss this with [xxx], my Teaching Assistant, beforehand. Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice, and should give me a schedule of religious holidays that they will be observing by the end of the second full week of term.
Unexcused absences over and above your two personal days will result in your final grade being lowered by one point for each absence. Any student accumulating more than eight unexcused absences will automatically fail the course. It is your...
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