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 Niño 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%