EIU, His 1591.098-C

Newton Key, CH 326 (T & Th 12:30-13:45)

Historical Foundations of Civilizations: Early Modern World, 1300-1800

Before Modern Civilization, 1200-1450 (What is the relation between nomads and civilization?)

Week 1: Early modern history

Week 2: Nomadic civilizations?: Islam and Mongol

Europe and the Gunpowder Empires, 1450-1700 (What is the relation between arms and politics? What is the relation between Church and State?)

Week 3: European Societies, States and Churches recast

Week 4: New Monarchies and Wars of Religion

Week 5: Islamic Empires

Columbian Exchange and Its Impact, 1492-1763 (How did Europe and Africa fit into Amerindian culture? How did the New World fit into European and Islamic culture?)

Week 6: Aztec Central America; Iberian expansion

Week 7: Cargo and slave trade in the Old and New Worlds.

From Wars of Religion to Wars of Trade, 1555-1763 (Did early modern wars in Europe make sense? Why did Europe expand?)

Week 8: Absolutism and its discontents

Week 9: Capitalism and colonialism

Week 10: World systems, world hegemony

Week 11: European empires, world empires

Liberty and Terror at the Advent of Modernity, 1763-1799 (What is the relation between revolution and civilization?)

Week 12: Revolutionary ideas

Week 13: The French Revolution in Europe

Week 14: The French Revolution in the Americas

Conclusion: An Early Modern Culture?

Week 15: Birth of the modern

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His 1591-C introduces you to the narrative and broad themes of world history, to the functioning and interactions of distinct early modern civilizations, and to "doing" history as an academic discipline. You will read, discuss, and write about primary sources (from the period) as well as read a general secondary text written by historians. Generally, I will lecture on Tuesday and we will discuss original sources on Thursday (for the latter bring assigned readings to class). Assigned chapters and documents should be read before the class date.

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