History 3811-001 winter 2016 title: the menace of progress: a history of colonialism and the making of the modern world lecturer



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HISTORY 3811-001
WINTER 2016

TITLE: THE MENACE OF PROGRESS:

A HISTORY OF COLONIALISM AND THE MAKING

OF THE MODERN WORLD

LECTURER: Michael D. Kirkpatrick

FORMAT: Two lectures per week.

DESCRIPTION: By the mid-twentieth century, the interrelated ideas of progress and development had been widely accepted by individuals, movements, and states of various ideological convictions. The Menace of Progress seeks to trace the origins of these ideas (and the related concepts of civilization, improvement, and Enlightenment) by considering their relationship to the history of colonialism and the emergence of the modern world.
Topics include: the myth of the European Miracle, the creation of overseas empire, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, sugar plantations in the Caribbean Basin, enclosure, criminalization of the poor, the emergence of capitalism, the making of the Third World, and others.
OFFERED: Slot 19 (Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:15 pm)


TEXT: C.A. Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World

Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El NiƱo Famines and the

Making of the Third World
Greg Grandin, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World

METHOD OF EVALUATION:

Class Discussion 15%

Commentary Assignment: 25%

Research Essay: 30%



Final Exam: 30%


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