Missing Lectures: Tegrity Capture

As you know, I’m not going to be in class Friday October 8 or Monday October 11. However, that’s no reason to lose ground! I’ve recorded lectures for both days through Tegrity, and you can find the recordings either in the Tegrity box in Angel or directly linked from here:

The Napoleon lecture is about 10 minutes short; the 19th century lecture is about 10 minutes long: together, they’re just right, almost exactly 100 minutes. Feel free to watch them at your leisure anytime before next Wednesday. I will make the powerpoints available as well, through the course page.

History Carnival #89 (2010 July)

Welcome to my World History blog, which I primarily use as a teaching platform. And welcome to the 89th History Carnival! Before I start, I have to thank those who nominated posts — Jeremy Young, Penny Richards, Sharon Howard, Brett Holman and Ffion Harris. I’ll highlight their fascinating nominations first, plus a few bonus tracks, and then I want to take a jaunt through about two dozen categories of the Cliopatria History Blogroll and pick out of each one a blog starting with ‘j’ or ‘d’ (Yes, they’re my initials: I had to pick some filter) which has an interesting June post to share. I hope this might inspire you to broaden your reading, and, more importantly, to nominate more posts next month!


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Miscellaneous announcements: Guest Lectures, Test, Fun

We’ll have two guest lectures from PSU Grad student, military historian and WWII reenactor Dustin Strong: “Napoleon and his Wars” on October 9 and “WWII” on November 16. Mr. Strong’s lectures, like my own, are required, and I will expect to see his presentation reflected in your test answers and essays where appropriate. Mr. Strong has also announced two WWII reenactments open to the public as extra credit opportunities: Sept. 26-27 at Bristow Jones Memorial Airport (Bristow, OK) and Nov. 7 at Forest Park (Ottawa, KS). For the extra credit, include in your summary/reaction paper a description of the battle, and those of you doing WWII topics for your book review are strongly encouraged to talk to members of one of the units, as they are usually very well-informed on the equipment and history of the units they portray.

My apologies to the 2pm section for missing Monday: I have put the lecture outline online, so that anyone who missed class due to the weather or illness can review it. Those of you were there for the 11am class are welcome to look at it as well, obviously.

Regarding the Test on Monday, covering chapters 15 through 20, inclusive, and the lectures, the format will be very much like the pop quizzes: I will choose four or five (or six) terms from each chapter — the terms in the “Key Terms” lists, of course — to put on the test. From those, you will pick twelve (12) to answer: at least one from each of the six chapters, and the rest from any of the remaining terms. I will supply the test and paper; you bring something to write with and everything you can remember about the last month’s readings and lectures.

Finally, for fun, here’s pre-Revolutionary satires on French aristocratic hairstyles, including a recreation of the Battle of Bunker Hill [mildly adult content]. The one that made me laugh was the one with the hairdresser using a nautical navigational tool — the sextant — to arrange the hairstyle.

A rough calculation of African Slave Trade

Atlantic trade
Middle Passage
mortality rate
Islamic Trade
16c ~3k/yr
(rising from 500 to 6K)
~50% ~10k/yr
17c ~20k/yr
(rising from 14K to 25K)
18c ~65k/yr
(rising from 40K to 80K)
19c ~70k/yr
(through 1856)
~5% ~10k/yr
total 12M-14M ~25% ~5M

Sources include Bentley&Ziegler, Traditions and Transformations, McKay, et. al, and others

For a more detailed timeline, see the Slave Voyages website and this map

From Stearns, et al. World Civilizations: The Global Experience, 6e, Table 25.1 (corrected)

 in thousands 1500s 1600s 1700s 1800s  total
 Red Sea 200 (17) 200 (7) 200 (3) 450 (8) 1050 (6)
 Trans-Sahara 550 (47) 700 (24) 700 (9) 1200 (22) 3150 (19)
 East Africa / Indian Ocean 100 (9) 100 (4) 400 (5) 442 (8) 1042 (6)
 Trans-Atlantic 325 (28) 1868 (65) 6133 (83) 3330 (61) 11656 (69)
 Total 1175 (7) 2868 (17) 7433 (44) 5422 (32)  16898