The story of economic and political revolution—where its origins lie in the 15th and 16th centuries, how it is carried out in the 17th and 18th centuries, and how it re-shapes the world in the 19th century—is the story of this course. Students will study the modern history of the great empires of Eurasia,encounters between the peoples of Europe and the Americas, expansion of trade and technology, and the development of political ideologies. The American experience, from the voyages of Columbus to the Civil War, will be placed within the larger context of the modern world. Students will complete a major library research project in the spring semester.
This guide was created by Laura Pearle.