Dr. Martin Secker Office hours: W
Class hours: W . Phone:
Course website: http://mdsec.tripod.com The weekly reading schedule, links to online readings and websites, and handouts will all be posted on the website. You will need to check it continually.
Stavrianos, Leften. Lifelines From Our Past, revised edition.
Kenneth, and Topak, Steven. The
World That Trade Created.
Marx, Karl, and Engels,
A World History, 4th edition.
Optional text by instructor: World History outline, pt. 1
In addition, we will read a few other articles or primary sources off the internet.
This course is designed to provide an overview of the nature and course of human history. Along the way, the student will have the opportunity to acquire a superficial familiarity with most of the major civilizations of the world. At the same time, the course will suggest some of the factors that have affected and continue to affect the way societies work and people live. By the end of the course it is hoped that each student will have gained some sense of the cultural and historical roots of contemporary human societies as well as an appreciation of the universal character of human history.
Upon completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
Ø The transformations of European civilization that were to have enormous consequences for the rest of the world. (cause and effect relationships)
Ø The impact of Western civilization on other cultures since the sixteenth century.
Ø The concepts of Westernization, cultural accommodation, and cultural resistance.
Ø The complex interplay of value systems, social structure, geography and ecology, technology, economics, and political institutions in human societies.
Ø How societies and civilizations have confronted issues of diversity and cultural differences within their populations.
Ø The increasingly global nature of civilization today
Ø The nature of political, environmental, social, economic, and cultural issues facing the world today.
Students will also be able to demonstrate:
Ø University-level methods of historical inquiry, text interpretation, analytical writing, and critical thinking.
Ø The ability to reflect upon their own lives in the light of world history.
Attendance is required. You are allowed four absences without penalty. Each absence beyond that will result in a one-grade reduction in your course grade. With eight absences you automatically fail this course.
Class preparation and participation (5%) Although not a major portion of your calculated grade, I expect students to come to class each day having read thoroughly all materials assigned for that day and ready to discuss the topics covered that day. Consistent, thorough preparation will greatly enhance your grasp of the sometimes complex subject matter of this class, and will improve the chemistry within the classroom making the class itself a better learning experience. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be mentally “into” this course.
Exam 1 (10 %)- Exam 1 will cover Lifelines From Our Past.
Exam 2 (15%) – Exam 2 will cover all materials from Week 5 to Week 10.
Exam 3 (30 %)- The Final Exam will be cumulative but will focus on later
Journal (30 %) – see assignment sheet.
Essay on Pomeranz (5%)- see assignment sheet
Identification List (5%)- Fully identify terms listed on term sheet.
Please note: new assignments can be made at any time. Students are responsible for all assignments. I reserve the right to make changes or adjustments in the syllabus at any time. Students are responsible for keeping up with any such adjustments.
Written work is due at the beginning of class on the due date. Late work is accepted, but a one-grade penalty is applied for each day (not each class period) it is late, beginning at the end of class.
Course grades are determined on a 1000-point scale. Weight is given to assignments according to the above percentages.
900-1000=A 600-699 =D
800-899 =B Less than 600=F
Part I. Constructing a Framework
1/26 Introduction/Early Social Evolution in World History
2/2 The Tributary Basis of Civilization/Faces of Early Commercial Capitalism
Required readings: Stavrianos, pp. 1-89 (peruse), read carefully pp. 90-115
Pomeranz, Intro and pp. 3-9, 44-51, and 5.4, 5.5, 7.1
2/9 Aztecs, Africans, Steam Engines and Revolution
Required readings: Stavrianos, pp. 105-126
Pomeranz, 1.6; 3.1, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.10, 4.2, 4.5-4.7, 5.1, 5.2, 6.2-6.6, 6.8, 6.12, 7.1,
2/16 War, Evil and Transformation: A Century of Crisis
Required readings: Stavrianos, pp. 126-187
Part II. A Look at the Sources
2/23 First Exam/ Sultans, Ulema, and Veiled Women: the Islamic World to 1800
Required readings: RWC , pp. 1-10
3/2 Scholar-Gentlemen and Geishas: the Confucian World to 1800
Required readings: RWC , pp.46-52 , 109-111
Pomeranz, 1.1-1.3, 2.1, 3.2, 4.9,
Required readings: RWC, 27-30
Pomeranz, 1.4 , 1.11,
Tradition and Change in
Required readings: RWC, 136-152
3/16 Absolute Monarchs, Coffee-houses, and the Industrial Revolution
Required readings: RWC, 153-187
Pomeranz, 3.1, 3.2, 3.6, 3.7, 6.12.
3/23 Spring Break!
3/30 Revolution, Evolution, and Ideology
Required readings: RWC, 188-201, 214-236
Marx, The Communist Manifesto, pp. 8-31
4/6 The Survival of the Fittest, Global Empire, and the Fall of Western Civilization
Exam #2 due
Required readings: RWC, 202-213, 237-254
Pomeranz, 1.13, 7.3, 5.5, 5.4, 2.7-2.8, 2.9, 4.2, 4.778
4/13 Total War and Cold War
Required readings: RWC, 255-256
Napoleon, a Canal, and the Destruction of the Ottomans
Required readings: RWC, 11-22
4/20 Oil, Zionists, and Mandates / Tea, Opium and Gun Boats.
Required readings: RWC, 11-22, 53-61
Pomeranz, 3.9, 6.8, 7.3
4/27 Sun Yat-Sen, Mao Tse-Tung, Deng Xiaping and Ho Chi Minh: Missionaries of Westernization?
Required readings: RWC, 62-71
Fundamentals of National Reconstruction
The Raj and the
Knife of Sugar Required readings: RWC, 27-39 Pomeranz,
1.13, 2.9, 3.2, 6.4 Week 15 5/4
Non-Violence, Religious Division, and the Search for True Required readings: RWC, 39-45 Week 16 5/11 Required readings: RWC, 72-108 Gender Relations, the Environment and
Coming Anarchy? Required readings: Stavrianos, 189-251 “The Coming Anarchy”
The Raj and the Knife of Sugar
Required readings: RWC, 27-39
Pomeranz, 1.13, 2.9, 3.2, 6.4
Non-Violence, Religious Division, and the Search for True
Required readings: RWC, 39-45
Required readings: RWC, 72-108
Gender Relations, the Environment and Coming Anarchy?
Required readings: Stavrianos, 189-251
“The Coming Anarchy”