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   All readings listed for each week should be completed by Monday of
that week.

   Every Monday we will briefly survey the week's subjects and readings.
Lectures on related subjects may also be given on Mondays.

   As a rule we will dedicate Wednesday to class discussions of the assigned readings for the week and for follow-up lectures if necessary.

  Friday will serve as a catch up day, a day for the occasional slide presentation, a research day, and a day for group discussions of texts.

   Exceptions to the general pattern may occur. A few additional readings (handouts, internet, etc.) will be assigned on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis throughout the semester. Students are responsible for any and all changes made to the syllabus during the semester.

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





Week 1 ( 1/27-1-31 )


Tradition, Authority, and the Question

  of Modernization.

Required readings:

Recommended readings:



Week 2( 2/3-2/7 )

Slaves, Aborigines, and Wooden Ships.

Required readings:

  • Wills, Pt. II

Recommended readings:

  • McNeill, 333-336

Overview #1 due Monday 2/3

Supplementary materials: terms1; tradition



Week 3 (2/10-2/14)

Old Believers and Streltsy, Samurai and Geishas,
  Cheng Ho and Confucius

Required readings:

  • Wills, Pt. III

Recommended readings:

  • McNeill, 253-255, 269-272, 327-333, 351-358

Overview #2 due Monday 2/10

Supplementary materials: rcj



Week 4 (2/17-2/21)

Money, Religion, and Power in Early Modern Europe

Required readings:

  • Wills, Pt. IV

Recommended readings:

  • McNeill, 309-326, 359-358


Week 5 ( 2/24-2/28 )

Tolerance, Science, and a New Consciousness

Required readings:

  • Wills, Pt. V

Overview #3 due Monday, 2/24



Week 6 ( 3/3-3/7 )

Sultans, Ulema, and Veiled Women

Required readings:

  • Will, Pt. VI

Recommended readings:

  • McNeill, 243-249, 337-358

Supplementary materials: moghuls and ottomans; islamic world



Week 7 ( 3/10-3/14 )

Barbarians, Tulips, and an Invisible Hand

Required readings:

  • Will, Pt. VII; McNeill, 389-405

Overview #4 due Monday 3/10

Essays #1 and #2 due Friday 3/14




Week 8 ( 3/17-3/21 )

Liberty, Equality and Fraternity in a Mechanized World?

Required readings:

  • McNeill, 417-441
  • Lewis, "Introduction"
  • Wiwa, "Preface"
  • Spence, Ch. 1
  • Naipaul, "Traveler's Prelude"

Book Review of Wills due Wednesday, 3/19

Supplementary materials: old regime; overview




Week 9 ( 3/24-3/28 )

Adam's Rib, Creation, and the Death of God

Required readings:

  • Lewis, Ch. 1-2
  • Wiwa, Ch. 1-3
  • Spence, Ch. 2
  • Naipaul, Ch. 1

McNeill Synopsis #1 due Monday 3/24.



Week 10- No Class Monday;
Cesar Chavez Day (3/31-4/4 )

The White Man's Burden- or the Knife of Sugar?

Required readings:

  • McNeill, 441-468
  • Lewis, Ch. 3
  • Wiwa, Ch. 4-6
  • Spence, Ch. 3-4
  • Naipaul, Ch. 2-3


Week 11 ( 4/7-4/11 )

Zulus, Sepoys, Boxers, and the Mahdi

Required readings:

  • McNeill, 469-489
  • Lewis, Ch. 4
  • Wiwa, Ch. 7-9
  • Spence, Ch. 5
  • Naipaul, Ch. 4-5

McNeill synopsis #2 due Monday, 4/7



April 14-20 Spring Break



Week 12 ( 4/21-4/25 )

The Decline of the West?

Required readings:

  • McNeill, 490-499
  • Lewis, Ch. 5
  • Wiwa, Ch. 10-12
  • Spence, Ch. 6-7
  • Naipaul, Ch. 6-8


Week 13 ( 4/28-5/2 )

A Bundle of Sticks, a Red Bear, a Broken Cross, and
  Final Solutions (or, Let's All Go to Camp!)

Required readings:

  • McNeill, 499-516
  • Lewis, Ch. 6
  • Wiwa, Ch. 13-15
  • Spence, Ch. 8
  • Naipaul, Ch. 9

McNeill synopsis #3 due Monday 4/28



Week 14 ( 5/5-5/9 )

The Setting Sun, the Rising Sun, Broken Dreams and
  the Paradox of the Tree Hugger

Required readings:

  • McNeill, 516-552
  • Lewis, Ch. 7, "Conclusion", "Afterword"
  • Wiwa, Ch. 16-18, "Afterword"
  • Spence,Ch. 10, "Conclusion"
  • Naipaul- Ch. 11, "Flight"


Week 15 ( 5/12-5-16 )

Ethnic Cleansing, Women in Veils, 9/11, and Global Warming-
  the Search for New Answers and New Paradigms
  in the Contemporary World.

  • McNeill Synopsis #4 due Monday, May 12

  • Essay #3 and Essay #4 due Friday, 5/16

  • Book Review of Optional Book due Friday, 5/16

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