Origins of the modern world system in the sixteenth century and its history until World War I. Interacting forces of politics and economics around the globe, with particular attention to key periods of expansion and crisis. Offered: A.
This course addresses two questions that are related to the structure of the global system: What are the processes that have created a world economy with systems of production and trade that cover the entire globe? And how is it that this economically united world has been so divided and fragmented in its political structures? The course examines these questions from a historical perspective by focusing on selected times, places, and events between the 13th and 20th centuries.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Four days of lectures, one day of discussion per week. Both the lectures and especially the discussion sections rely on student participation.
Class assignments and grading
Extensive reading and writing assignments. More than a typical 200-level class.
Weekly short papers, attendance, participation, a research paper, and a final exam.