Just to follow up on my comments in class, here are Countries of the world ranked by GDP and the Global 500 companies ranked by revenue. In terms of revenue, Wal-mart comes out right around #25 on the GDP list. Microsoft only comes in around #60-63.
The high score was 28; actually, the highest scores were 29 and 27.5, but 28 is easier for the math. The median was right on the B/B+ border, and a substantial majority of people who took the test improved their overall test grade for the semester. The top three terms were from Chapter 29 — Cold War, genocide and Holocaust — as was the bottom term, European Union. The most popular term from chapter 30 was renewable energy, which tied chapter 29’s Great Depression for fourth place.
Though a lot of people did choose the Holocaust and genocide, I was not terribly happy with the overall results: there was almost nobody who connected either term to the history of nationalism or racial thinking which we talked about fairly extensively; and the textbook seems to have confused some people on the distinction between genocide — the attempt to eliminate a particular people, of which the Holocaust is one example (and often the only one people cited) — and other atrocities.
Two quick reminders
- Anyone who has arranged to do a make-up test and has not yet done it: they must be done this week, no later than Friday the 12th.
- Everyone: the revised Timeline due with the Long Essay should be 12 to 30 items, same as for the original draft timeline. The form is still entirely up to you.
The high score before extra credit was 30; actually, there was about a three or four-way tie at 30. Einstein and Hitler tied for the most popular terms; big bang theory and atomic bombs tied for second. Pragmatism and primitivism tied for last, completely unanswered by anyone. It seemed like there was a cultural divide at work: some people went heavy on political/military terms, while some went mostly for cultural/scientific terms.
The Final Exam is now available. (thanks for the corrections!) As noted, you have the choice of doing either the take-home or in-class version, but you will have to declare which one you will do the last week of class. Read over the assignments carefully, so that we can address questions as soon as you come back from Thanksgiving Break. Feel free to post questions here, or email me, as well.
Martin Luther King
genetically modified organisms
The high grade before extra credit was actually 30.5, but that was a bit of an outlier, so I left the high score at 30 for the purposes of everyone’s grade. The top picks were machine guns, Opium Wars, Social Darwinism and anti-semitism; the most neglected terms were Secularism, Chulalongkorn and Maori Wars. The most popular answer to the extra credit question about 19 century politics was “intensifying nationalism”; the least popular was “racially tinged imperialism.”
The lectures over the next few weeks won’t match up with the textbook quite as closely as usual. The 20th century can be looked at in a lot of different ways: though I like what Fernandez-Armesto is trying to do with the last four chapters, I think that a more chronologically focused presentation might be helpful. So here’s what’s going to happen over the next few weeks:
|11/14 (F)||Science and uncertainty.||Chapter 27: The Twentieth-Century Mind: Western Science And The World(from ch. 28) Soldier’s Accounts of Battle and François Carlotti, from “World War I: A Frenchman’s Recollections” and British Soldiers on the Battle of the Somme|
|11/17 (M)||Politics of crisis and war: totalitarianisms and nationalisms||Chapter 28: World Order And Disorder: Global Politics In The Twentieth CenturyBenito Mussolini, from “The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism”|
|11/19 (W)||Technology of war: WWI and WWII
|Technologies of WWI and WWII|
|11/21 (F)||Test 7 (Instructor Absent)|
|11/24 (M)||Long Essay Part One: Timeline|
|11/26 (W)||Thanksgiving Break|
|11/28 (F)||Thanksgiving Break|
|12/1 (M)||Cold War and internationalism||Chapter 29: The Pursuit Of Utopia: Civil Society In The Twentieth CenturyCold War Chronology
UN “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” 1948
|12/3 (W)||Technology and ecology||Chapter 30: The Embattled Biosphere: The Twentieth-Century Environment|
|12/5 (F)||Long Essay Part Two: Thesis, Outline|
|12/8 (M)||Social and cultural change
|Sayyid Qutb, from Milestones, 1964|
|12/10 (W)||Test 8|
|12/12 (F)||Long Essay Due
Catch-up/ReviewLast day of instruction
Bonus: A good example of the importance of checking your sources online for reliability.
The high grade was actually 31, but that was a bit of an outlier, so I set the high score at 30 for the purposes of everyone’s grade. The top picks were fossil fuels, urbanization, railroads and canned foods; the least popular choices were Haiti, Paternalism and Samuel Smiles.