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Fall 2007


Course syllabus for HIST 570 World History: Concepts and Interpretation

Course description: This course examines the comparative history of world civilization, societies and cultures through the prism of long-term social, cultural, economic and environmental change. Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe will be analyzed in their diversity and in relation to one another. Specific themes include: cross-cultural exchanges; religious and linguistic diffusion; patterns of trade, migration and commerce; paradigms of science; the rise and decline of empires; technological and biological consequences of conquest and war; the demographic and ecological outcomes of modernization; contests over national identity and culture; divisions of labor; and the global transformations incurred by the rise of modern industrial capitalism.