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A history of modernity since 1500: from Europe's expansion and the emergence of the Atlantic world to a global society. Early modern societies, cultures, and state structures. Effects of trade, colonialism, and slavery. Enlightenment and revolutions. Comparative industrialization and urbanization. Nationalism, internationalism, and totalitarianism. Demography, environment, and gender. Satisfies Pathways Flexible Core World Cultures and Global Issues requirement.
What is modernity and how did the modern world develop? In this course, we will define modernity by studying significant global themes including capitalism, colonization, environmental degradation, race, gender and class. It is my goal for students to come away as strong and critical readers, capable of identifying historical arguments and evaluating evidence. Students will be able to articulate the definitional categories of modernity in discussion, writing and through their own research. I invite you to consider the history of the modern world (1500- the present) through the lens of changeability or change over time. That is, we will challenge what we perceive to be “natural,” by examining developments of modernity that were historically conditioned rather than innate.
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