Hist 101 (Fall ’11)

Hist 101: World History to 1500, sections 2 and 3

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Course Catalog
Jonathan Dresner
Office: Russ Hall 406F
Office Hours: MWF 11-12, 1-2; Tu 9-11


Administrative Deadlines and Instructional Holidays are in Italics

Assignments and Tests are in Bold

Date Assignments, Readings Topics, Handouts
M (8/22) First day of class, introductions Handout: Syllabus Addendum
W (8/24) Student Information Sheet Due by Email Nature of History: Empathy, Evidence
F (8/26) WC, chap. 1 The Neolithic Revolution and the Birth of Civilization Tools, Agriculture
M (8/29) Last day to enroll or add without instructor permission.Last day for online enrollment. Urbanization and social complexity
W (8/31) WC, chap. 2 The Rise of Civilization in the Middle East and Africa
Hammurabi’s Code
Kingdoms And Empires
F (9/2) Instructions of Ptah-Hotep Literacy
M (9/5) Labor Day holiday
9/6 Last Day to drop without ‘W’
W (9/7) WC, chap. 3 Asia’s First Civilizations: India and China Migration and Origins
F (9/9) What is “Chinese”? “Indian”?
M (9/12) WC, chap. 4 Unification and the Consolidation of Civilization in China
The Confucian Great Learning
Political Theory and Practice
Slides: Early Chinese Thought
W (9/14) Culture
F (9/16) Instructor Absent
M (9/19) WC, chap. 5 Classical Civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East
Thucydides, The Funeral Oration of Pericles, and, The Melian Dialogue,, 431 bce.
Greek Culture and Politics
Resource: Basic terms and definitions from classical Greek society
W (9/21) Greek Philosophy
Resource: Schools of thought and thinkers from ancient Greece
F (9/23) Persia
Resource: Persian Empires Chart
Slides: Persian Empires
M (9/26) Last day for half tuition refund
Test #1 Review Assignment Due by email Sunday Midnight
W (9/28) Test #1 (Primary Source Question: Athens) Erev Rosh Hashanah
F (9/30) WC, chap. 6 Religious Rivalries and India’s Golden Age Class, Caste, Empire
M (10/3) Buddha’s First Sermon, Vow of the Bodhisattva Buddhism and other traditions
Resource: Basic principles of Buddhism
W (10/5) WC, chap. 7 Rome and Its Empire Kingdom, Republic, Empire
F (10/7)
Roman Culture
Pictures: Roman Artifacts
Erev Yom Kippur
M (10/10) WC, chap. 9 The Spread of Civilizations and the Movement of Peoples
Columbus Day (not a holiday)
Polynesian and African migrations
W (10/12) Homecoming Convocation: noon, Carnie Smith Stadium
From Jesus to Christ, parts 1, 2 & 3 as homework.
Email Summary/Response (1 page per hour) by Friday, 10/14.
F (10/14) WC, chap. 10 The End of the Classical Era:World History in Transition, 200–700 C.E. Globalization: Silk Road and Religious Expansion
Slides: Post-classical religion and trade
M (10/17) Midsemester D/F Grades Due by Noon Fall (and persistence) of Empires
Slides: Fall of Rome Historiography
W (10/19) WC, chap. 11 The First Global Civilization: The Rise and Spread of Islam
Quran: Surahs 1 and 2
Islam: Faith
Resource: Basic Islam and important figures in Islamic culture
F (10/21) Fall Break
M (10/24) Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat, c. 1120 Islam: Cultures
Slides: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
W (10/26) WC, chap. 12 Abbasid Decline and the Spread of Islamic Civilization to South and Southeast Asia Islam: Empires
F (10/28) Last day to apply for December graduation Islam in India
M (10/31) Catch-up/Review
Test #2 Review Assignment Due by email, Sunday Midnight
W (11/2) Test #2 (Primary Source Question: Comparison)
F (11/4) WC, chap. 13 African Civilizations and the Spread of Islam “Africa” and Globalization
M (11/7) Last day to drop single course.Early Enrollment for Spring begins
WC, chap. 14 Civilization in Eastern Europe: Byzantium and Orthodox Europe
Religious and Political Empires
W (11/9) Crossroads Culture
F (11/11) WC, chap. 15 A New Civilization Emerges in Western Europe
Magna Carta
“Post-Classical” / “Middle Ages” (but Feudalism?)
M (11/14) Religious & Economic Growth
W (11/16) WC, chap. 8 The Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas
, chap. 16 The Americas on the Eve of Invasion
Sacrifices, Historiography and Archeology
The Hindsight Problem
F (11/18) WC, chap. 17 Reunification and Renaissance in Chinese Civilization: The Era of the Tang and Song Dynasties China’s Open Empire and Search for Stability
Resource: Neo-Confucianism
M (11/21) Culture: Footbinding and Poetry
Slides: Sui-Tang-Song Art and Ceramics
W (11/23) Thanksgiving Holiday
F (11/25) Thanksgiving Holiday
M (11/28) WC, chap. 18 The Spread of Chinese Civilization: Japan, Korea, and Vietnam
Prince Shotoku’s 17-Article Constitution, 604
Culture and Choices: Korea v. Japan
Resource: Japan and Korea to 1500
W (11/30) WC, chap. 19 The Last Great Nomadic Challenges: From Chinggis Khan to Timur Guzman’s Barbarian Thesis and Persistence of Empires
12/1 Last day to withdraw from entire term.
F (12/2) Instructor Absent
M (12/5) WC, chap. 20 The World in 1450: Changing Balance of World Power Black Death, Crusades and Exploration
W (12/7) Renaissances?
Resources: Columbian Exchange and Renaissance Art
F (12/9) Last Day of instruction
Test #3 Review Assignment Due by email Thursday Midnight
Final Exams MWF 12 (RH 301) – 12/14, 12-1:50
MWF 2 (RH301) – 12/12, 2-3:50
Test #3 (Primary Source Question: Political History)
Final Essays Due Wed. Noon


Professionalism (Attendance, etc.) 15%
Test Review Assignments (3) 15%
Tests (3) 45%
Final Essays (2) 25%