Daniel Clarke Waugh
History of cultural and economic exchange across Eurasia from the early Common Era to modern times. Spread of religions such as Islam and Buddhism, overland trade in rare commodities, interaction between nomadic and sedentary cultures, role of empires, culture of daily life, and the arts.
A survey of 2000 years of cultural and economic history of Eurasia. The story of economic, artistic and religious exchange along the fabled "Silk Roads" connecting East and West beginning just before the Common Era (CE/AD) and coming down to the end of the 17th century.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture format, but class questions and discussion encouraged.
Class assignments and grading
Attendance at lectures (3 days a week for 1 hr. and 20 min. each), regular weekly readings from a variety of sources, several short essays on required topics, including take-home mid-term and final exams, a map quiz. Grades based mainly on written work, with possible bonus for participation.