Modern World History

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the major ideas, political and economic movements and dynamics, and revolutionary and catastrophic events which, taken collectively, have shaped the modern world. Focusing on the 18th through 21st centuries, students will explore the origins of modern politics, industrialization, urbanization, and imperial expansionism, the impacts of colonization on indigenous communities in places such as Africa and South/East Asia, the birth and spread of consumer Capitalism, the “discovery” of fossil fuels and the Second Industrial Revolution, the build-up to and consequences of the First and Second World Wars, and conflicts over (de)colonization between the United States and the Soviet Union during Cold War. Concluding with the collapse of Soviet Communism in 1991, which was proclaimed by many around the Western, Liberal Democratic world as “the end of history,” students will be asked to reflect on the direction in which they see our “global society” heading by submitting a critical analysis of contemporary geopolitics which draws equally upon both contemporary investigative journalism and the course’s assigned secondary and primary source materials.

 

Course Syllabus

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