Hist1B: World History, 1500-Present
Time: MW, 9:00am-10:15am
In this course, we will explore major issues in modern history from a global perspective. Encounters between the Old and New Worlds, revolutionary ideologies, changing expectations for women and families, the impact of technological advances, the consequences of imperialism, are among the many topics we will cover. In some cases, we will use a global perspective to broaden our focus, allowing us to discern trends that go unseen in a typical Western history survey. In other cases, we will narrow our focus to analyze a specific example, perhaps comparing a non-Western and a Western experience. In all instances, we will investigate how the lives of peoples around the globe have been shaped by the intensive political, economic, cultural and technological connections that mark the modern world.
The course consists of about 2/3 lectures and 1/3 history workshops. Lectures will provide students with a framework for the readings, as well as in depth analysis of significant trends. In the history workshops, students will explore these trends in more depth through guided analysis of primary sources.
Use these questions to guide your reading in Bentley (Traditions and Encounters) and prepare for the exams.