World Since 1500 (S’12)

Pittsburg State University, Spring 2012
Full Syllabus
Plagiarism Policy
Course Catalog
Jonathan Dresner
Office: Russ Hall 406F
Office Hours: MWF 11-12, 1-2; TuTh 9-11

Schedule of Topics, Readings and Assignments
Administrative Deadlines and Instructional Holidays are in Italics
Assignments and Tests are in Bold




1/18 (W) First Day of Class Syllabus
1/20 (F) State of the World
Student Information Sheet Due
Slides: World In 1500
1/23 (M) Columbian Exchange Chapter 21. The World Economy
Slides: The Columbian Exchange based on this handout
1/24 Last day for full fee refund, to add new classes, for late online enrollment
1/25 (W) Early Modernity, catching up with China Slides: Early Modernity
1/27 (F) Protestant Reformation Chapter 22. The Transformation of the West, 1450–1750
Slides: Reformation
1/30 (M) Scientific and Commercial Revolution
Final day for dropping course without grade report
Slides: Scientific Revolution
2/1 (W) Kennedy Thesis Chapter 23. The Rise of Russia
Slides: Power and Government
2/3 (F) Imperialism, Plantations, Migrations Chapter 24. Early Latin America
2/6 (M) Catch-up/Review
2/8 (W) Test #1
2/10 (F) World Systems Theory Chapter 25. Africa and Africans in the Age of Atlantic Slave Trade
Chart: African Slave Trade
2/13 (M) Instructor absent
2/15 (W) Ottoman, Safavid, Mughal Chapter 26. The Muslim Empires
2/17 (F) Ming-Qing Transition v. Unification of Japan Chapter 27. Asian Transitions in an Age of Global Change
Slides: Hideyoshi
2/20 (M) Instructor Absent
President’s Day/ No Holiday
Chapter 28. The Emergence of Industrial Society in the West, 1750–1914
2/22 (W) Enlightenment and Industrialization
Slides: Western Enlightenment
2/24 (F) Historiography of Revolutions: UK, US, French, Latin American
Resource: A Chronology of the French Revolution and Napoleonic eras
Slides: Revolutions
2/27 (M) Rights and Responsibilities
Document Homework
English Bill of Rights“/”French Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen“/”US Declaration of Independence
2/29 (W) Campus Closed Due To Storm
3/2 (F) post-Revolution Intellectual History  Slides: 19c Intellectual History
3/5 (M) catch-up/review
3/7 (W) Test #2
3/9 (F) Book Homework due by email, 9am
Eating History, all
3/12 (M) The Case of Korea
D/F Grades
Chapter 29. Industrialization and Imperialism: The Making of the European Global Order
Slides: New Imperialism and Korea
3/14 (W) North and South Chapter 30. The Consolidation of Latin America, 1830–1920
Slides: Comparing Americas
3/16 (F) Decline and Fall of Great Empires
Book 1 Essay Due
Chapter 31. Civilizations in Crisis: The Ottoman Empire, the Islamic Heartlands, and Qing China
3/19-23 Spring Break
3/26 (M) Meiji and Comparative History Chapter 32. Russia and Japan: Industrialization Outside the West
3/28 (W) Test #3
3/30 (F) Fronts and Technologies Chapter 33. Descent into the Abyss: World War I and the Crisis of the European Global Order
Slides: WWI
4/2 (M) Age of Anxiety Chapter 34. The World between the Wars: Revolutions, Depression, and Authoritarian Response
Slides: Age of Anxiety
4/4 (W) Great Depression and Fascism
4/6 (F) National Socialism and Holocaust Chapter 35. A Second Global Conflict and the End of the European World Order
Slides: Fascism and Nazism
4/9 (M) Technologies and Atrocities
Summer/Fall Early Enrollment Begins

Final day for dropping course unless withdraw from school
Slides: WWII
4/11 (W) Test #4
4/13 (F) Book Homework The Sunflower
4/16 (M) The Cold War
Chapter 36. Western Society and Eastern Europe in the Decades of the Cold War
Resources: Cold War Chronology and Proxy War List
4/18 (W) Internationalization
Doc Homework
“Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
4/20 (F) Decolonization and Post-colonialism Chapter 37. Latin America: Revolution and Reaction into the 21st Century and Chapter 38. Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in the Era of Independence
Resource: Dresner on 20th Century Decolonization
4/23 (M) Mao and China
Book 2 Essay Due
Chapter 39. Rebirth and Revolution: Nation-Building in East Asia and the Pacific Rim
4/25 (W) 1980s Coalition and Post-Cold War Chapter 40. Power, Politics, and Conflict in World History, 1990–2010
Resource: Dresner on Reagan and the 1980s Coalition
4/26 Last day to withdraw from university
4/30 (M) Integration and Particularism Chapter 41. Globalization and Resistance
5/2 (W) Test #5
5/4 (F) Catch-up/Review
5/11 (F) Final Essays Due at Noon

Grade Distribution

Professionalism 20%
Tests (4 of 5) 40%
Book Essays (2) 20%
Final Exam: Take-home Essays (2) 20%