Culture and Power in Early Civilizations and the Case of China

 
Wednesday
January 17
Lecture:  What is a Civilization?
Reading:  Timeline:  Comparing Events BC  
Friday
January 19
Discussion:  The Meaning of Progress
Reading:  The Meaning of Progress  
Monday
January 22
Lecture:  Politics and the Economy in Ancient China
Wednesday
January 24
Lecture:  Society and Culture in Ancient China
Reading:  Timeline for Ancient China  
Friday
January 26
Discussion:  Politics and Society in Ancient China
Reading:  Timeline  (Ancient China Overview) and Map   
Assignment:  Map Quiz (in class)  Study Materials  
Monday
January 29
Lecture:  Philosophy in Ancient China
Reading:  A. Waley, Three Ways of Thought, :  pp. 3-18, 59-79 (also read p. 209, Appendix)
Wednesday
January 31
Lecture:  Literacy and Power
Reading:  A. Waley, Three Ways of Thought, :  pp. 83-120.
Friday
February 2
Discussion:  Chinese Philosophies
Reading:  A. Waley, Three Ways of Thought, :  pp. 151-196.

Postclassical Civilizations in the Mediterranean and Middle East

 

 
Monday
February 5
Lecture:  The Polyglot Traditions of the Post-Classical World
Reading:  Map  
Wednesday
February 7
Lecture:  Christianity and Judaism in the Post-Classical World
Readings:  Map, Timeline  
Friday
February 9
Discussion:  Paganism and Christianity 
Reading:  The Conflict Between Paganism and Christianity      
Monday
February 12
Lecture:  The Many Origins of Islam
Reading:  Maps, Timeline
Optional (FYI) Reading: Image of Mithrab, Selections from the Qu'uran  
Wednesday
February 14
Lecture: Tolerance and Intolerance:  Jihads, Crusades, and Subject Peoples
Reading:  Seeing Islam as Others Saw It     
Friday
February 16
Discussion:  Peoples of the Book:  Women in Three Cultures
Reading:  On the Condition of Women    
Assignment:  Paper 1 DUE  
                     Midterm Study Questions to be distributed.
Monday
February 19
Lecture:  Power, Politics and Diversity 
Reading:  Shi'a     
Wednesday
 February 21
Lecture:  Islam in Eurasia and India
Reading:  Maps   
Friday
February 23
Discussion:  Three Islamic Traditions
Reading:  Selections on Sunni and Sufi Traditions    

 The Spanish and the Aztecs

 
Monday
February 26
MID-TERM EXAMINATION
Wednesday
February 28
Lecture:  The Age of European Exploration
Reading:  Marco Polo  
Optional (FYI) Reading:  Images and Introduction to Marco Polo   
Friday
March 2
Discussion: The Rise of the West
Reading:  World History and the Rise and Fall of the West     
Monday
March 5
Lecture:  Europeans and the New World   
Reading:  Orientation to Todorov and Timeline Part I    
Reading:  Todorov, The Conquest of America, pp. 1-50
Wednesday
March 7
Lecture: Mesoamerica and the Aztec Empire
Reading:  Timeline Part II    
Optional (FYI) Reading: Images Illustrating Expeditions   
Friday
March 9
Discussion:  Conquest
Reading:  Todorov, The Conquest of America, pp. 51-123
Monday
March 12
Lecture:  Why Did the Spanish Win?
Reading:  Todorov, The Conquest of America, pp. 125-182
Wednesday
March 14
Lecture:  The Ecology of the New World
Readings:  Alfred W. Crosby "The Metamorphosis of the Americas"        
Friday
March 16
Discussion:  The Columbian Exchange
Monday March 19
Lecture:  Colonial Societies
Reading: Readings on Caste System, Blacks in Mexico, and Colonial Lima,  and Peter Wade "Blacks and Indians"    

Transatlantic Revolutions, European Dominance, and its Limits:  Britain and Africa

 
Wednesday
March 21
Lecture:  The World System, 1650-1850
Readings:  Thomas Mun and Adam Smith 
Optional (FYI) Readings: Images Illustrating Colonial History   
Friday
March 23
Discussion:  Colonial Society and the World System
March 26 - March 30  NO CLASS, SPRING BREAK
Monday
April 2
Lecture:  Centers, Peripheries, and the Slave Trade
Reading:  To Cinque, and Readings on the Slave Trade   
Optional (FYI) Readings: Illustrations of Slave Trade   
Wednesday
 April 4
Lecture: Free and Unfree Labor
Reading:  O. Equiano, The Life of Olaudah Equiano, pp. 1-67.
Reading:  Laboring People 
Friday
April 6
Discussion: Crossing Boundaries and Complex Identities
Reading:  Equiano, pp. 68-146
Monday
April 9
Lecture:  The New Empire:  Britain and Africa
Readings:  Africa Maps    
Readings:  D. Headrick "The Tools of Imperialism"   
Reading:  Begin C. Achebe, Things Fall Apart
 Optional (FYI) Readings: West African Art   
Wednesday
April 11
Lecture:  Nigerian Society during the Colonial Interlude
Reading:  Continue C. Achebe, Things Fall Apart
 Reading:  Africa Maps Part II  
Optional (FYI) Readings:  Heads of State   
Friday
April 13
Discussion:  For Whom Did Things Fall Apart?
Reading:  Continue C. Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Monday
April 16
Lecture:  Industrialization:  British Society and the World Economye
Readings:  Selections from Andrew Ure: The Philosophy of the Manufacturers (1835); 
Selections from "The Life of the Industrial Worker in 19th Century England"   
Readings:  "Tables Illustrating the Spread of Industrialization";    
"Observations on the Loss of Wool Spinning" (1794)    
Optional (FYI) Readings: The Development of Factories  and Early Forms of Manufacture 
Wednesday
April 18
Lecture:  Europe Diminished:  World War I and Europe's Place in the World
Reading:  Continue C. Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Optional (FYI) Readings: World War I Image and Table 
Thursday
April 19
Paper 2 DUE by 5 pm in TA's mailboxes, Baker Hall 240--Office Closes after 5 PM!
Friday
April 20
NO CLASS -- Carnival

Decolonization, Nationalism, and Ethnic Conflict

Monday
April 23
Lecture: Europe Dwarfed:  The Global Legacies of World War I and II
Readings:  Maps   
Readings:  Anwar el Sadat  
Optional (FYI) Readings: Images of the 20th Century 
Wednesday
April 25
Lecture: The Movement for Indian Independence
Readings:  G. Sofri, Gandhi and India pp. 1-75
Readings:  The British in India, Timeline    
Optional (FYI) Readings:  The Indian National Movement     
Friday
April 27
Discussion: Gandhi: Politician or Saint?
Reading:  G. Sofri, Gandhi and India pp. 76-129, 164-183.
Study questions for the final will be made available on the web site.
Optional (FYI) Readings:  Photographs of Gandhi  
Monday
April 30
Lecture:  Hindus, Muslims, and Others in India
Reading:  G. Sofri, Gandhi and India pp. 130-163.
Optional (FYI) Readings:  Images of India and Selections on Modern India   
Wednesday
May 2
Lecture: The History of the Present:  A Clash of Civilizations?
Readings:  Selections on the Clash of Cultures     
Friday
May 4
Discussion:  Global Development in the Contemporary World
Readings:  "Human Development in this Age of Globalization"