A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the United States from discovery of the New World to the end of Reconstruction.

This course surveys world history from 1500, a period marked by intellectual renewal, religious conflict, and colonization, to the Arab Spring.  Watching the news today we hear frequent references to “globalization” and a “clash of civilizations” between the “West and the rest.”  Following the advent of the global “War on Terror,” and the collapse of pre-9/11 political certainties, many Americans wonder how to make sense of the world again.  How did we arrive as this moment in history?  This course will chart the growth of what is today called globalization, the emergence of modernity, and the recent development of late modernity or post-modernity.  We will also explore how peoples at different points in time responded to a constantly changing and uncertain world, especially following the French and Industrial Revolutions of the nineteenth century and the advent of global total warfare in the twentieth century.

This course surveys world history from 1500, a period marked by intellectual renewal, religious conflict, and colonization, to the Arab Spring.  Watching the news today we hear frequent references to “globalization” and a “clash of civilizations” between the “West and the rest.”  Following the advent of the global “War on Terror,” and the collapse of pre-9/11 political certainties, many Americans wonder how to make sense of the world again.  How did we arrive as this moment in history?  This course will chart the growth of what is today called globalization, the emergence of modernity, and the recent development of late modernity or post-modernity.  We will also explore how peoples at different points in time responded to a constantly changing and uncertain world, especially following the French and Industrial Revolutions of the nineteenth century and the advent of global total warfare in the twentieth century.

This course surveys British history from the Stone Age until the Hanoverian Age of the 18th century.  We will especially emphasize England in the medieval and early-modern periods.  British history during this period is extremely rich; we could not possibly discuss everything that happened!  Therefore, we will pay special attention to a few specific themes, namely the development of parliamentary forms of government, the role of religious conflict in shaping political and social developments, and the emergence of a fledgling British Empire in area ranging from Ireland to the American West Indies.  In the 19th century Britain became the most powerful nation-state in the world, with armies and merchants strung across a wide-ranging Empire.  How did a small island nation become so influential in world history?  This course seeks to illuminate the foundations of Britain's 19th-century rise to power and possible parallels between the development of a British Empire and what many claim is a late-20th and 21st-century American Empire.