Course DescriptionA 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.
This course is called “The Shaping of the Modern World”—the events and movements that created our world. We are looking at how and why the world we know—the modern world around us—has developed the way it has over the last few centuries. We concentrate on Western culture, mainly Europe and America, but placing the West in a global context.
booksTwo books are required: The Textbook and The Reader.
(1) The Textbook:
Jackson J. Spielvogel
Western Civilization: A Brief History
Volume II, 5th Edition
(may say 7th Edition)
Wadsworth: Cengage: 2011
(2) The Reader:
Brooklyn College Dept. of History
The Shaping of the Modern World
Pearson Custom Publishing: 2007
ET6 / 0215
Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.