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  Readings should be completed prior to the class period
for which they are assigned. Students are responsible for
any and all changes made to the syllabus during the semester.
Additional readings will be added.

Week 1      Week 2      Week 3      Week 4        Week 5

Week 6      Week 7      Week 8      Week 9        Week 10

Week 11    Week 12    Week 13    Week 14      Week 15



Part I. The Rise of Agriculture and Agricultural Civilizations



Week 1

9/2 What is World History?


9/4 People Without a History?

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Week 2

9/9 Elites and the Masses: Tributary Societies and the Origins
of Civilization

Readings:

  • Stavrianos, ch. 2; Stearns, pp. 13-16

9/11 Disease, Climate and Resources: Geography and Climate
in History

Readings:

  • Perry, 39-42; Iliad and Odyssey


Week 3


9/16 Ziggurats and Pyramids: River Valley Civilizations in the
Middle East


Readings:

  • Stearns, pp. 16-21

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9/18 Aryans, Oracles Bones, Myth and Mystery: River Valley
Civilizations on the Indus River and the Yellow (Hwang He) River


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  • Stearns, pp. 21-31

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Part II. The Classical Period, 1000 B.C.E.-500 C.E.



Week 4

9/23 Sons of Heaven and Filial Piety: Social Order and Cultural
Integration in Classical China


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  • Stearns, pp. 33-59;

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9/25 Harmony, Humaneness, and the Dao


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Week 5

9/30 Brahmans and Sudras: Order and Integration in Classical India


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10/2 Karma, Dharma, Enlightenment, and Illusion


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Week 6

10/7 Helots, Heterai, and Useless Questions


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10/9 Civic Duty and Personal Allegiances


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Week 7

10/14 World Religions and the Axial Age


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10/16 Mid Term Exam




Part III. Postclassical Period

Week 8

10/21 Islam


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10/23 Veils, Shari'a, the Millet system, and ijtihad


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Week 9 The Spread of Islam

10/28 India and S.E. Asia under the impact of Islam


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10/30 Swahili cities and Saharan Caravans


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Week 10

11/4 The World of Eastern Orthodoxy: Byzantium and Russia


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11/6 The First European Civilization


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Week 11

11/11 Kings, Saints, and Clerics


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11/13 The Harvest of the Middle Ages


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Week 12

11/18 Aztecs, Anasazi, and Cahokia


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11/20 Gunpowder, printing, and poetry


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Week 13

11/25 Neo-Confucianism, Li-Po and the Chinese Golden Age


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11/27 Thanksgiving




Week 14

12/2 Samurai, Ikebana, and the Sound of One Hand Clapping


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12/4 The Last of the Great Steppe Conquerors


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Week 15

12/9 The World in Transition


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12/11 Rise of Capitalism


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