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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:
Lynn Hunt, et al.
The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures; A Concise History
3rd Edition
Bedford/St. Martin's: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-312-55460-6

Available new, used, or as an e-text from the Brooklyn College Bookstore (link).
Available from online booksellers (see Amazon link below). Make sure to allow time for delivery.

(2) The Reader:
Brooklyn College Dept. of History
The Shaping of the Modern World
5th Edition
Pearson Custom Publishing: 2007
ISBN: 0-536-48964-5

Available new or used from the Brooklyn College Bookstore (link), and used from online booksellers (see Amazon link below).
You can get an e-book version of this book at half price. To purchase an access code, go to the publisher's website.

T3 / 0185
Tuesdays 03:40 - 6:10 p.m.
Room 517A

Office Hours
Tuesdays 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 515A


Dawn of the Modern PDF  
French Revolution Timeline PDF  
Extra Credit Assignment PDF  
Final Exam Review Topics PDF  

course documents

Syllabus PDF HTML
Schedule PDF HTML
Examining Primary Sources PDF HTML

position paper

Position Paper Requirements PDF HTML
Position Paper Topics PDF HTML
Writing a Position Paper PDF  
Sample Proposal PDF HTML
Grading Criteria PDF