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.
In this class we will explore major global developments from the 14th Century to the present to address a single question: How did the modern world - the world we all now inhabit - come into existence?
I hope this course will do more for you than just inform you about the past. I hope it will show you how to look at the world like a historian: that is, with a curious and critical eye and with an appreciation for the continuities, changes, and contingencies that have shaped our shared present. And when we cultivate an appreciation for the presence of the past in our world today we will be better prepared to adapt to and improve a world that is changing in ways we can predict and in ways we cannot.
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