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Resat Kasaba
SIS 200
Seattle Campus

States and Capitalism: The Origins of the Modern Global System

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/22/2003