World History 106: World History from 1500 C. E. to the Present Course Outline Spring, 2007 Dr. John Bloom Section Meeting Times and Rooms

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World History 106: World History from 1500 C.E. to the Present

Course Outline

Spring, 2007
Dr. John Bloom
Section Meeting Times and Rooms
106-04 MWF 10:00-10:50 Grove 240

106-05 MWF 11:00-11:50 Grove 240

106-06 MWF 1:00-1:50 Grove 240
Contact Information
Office: Wright 335 Phone: X 1216 email:
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12:00-12:45.

Tuesday, Thursday, 4:20-4:50
Course Description
This course, the second part of a two semester sequence, covers the history of the entire world from the year 1500 C.E. to the present. At first glance, this might seem like a lot to cover. It is, but do not worry, you will not have to memorize every known thing that has ever happened in the past. What you will discover are surprises, not only in the things that you may not have known, but also in the things that remain to this day uncertain. Read and learn the appropriate dates and facts, but also revel in the ambiguity of past events, feel free to ask questions, and think about what the past means to us today.

The focus of this class will be upon learning how to express your ideas in writing and in speech; learning how to think critically when presented with complicated topics and information; learning to focus attention when studying, allowing for independent learning; and gaining a grasp of the most important ideas and events that have shaped our present day world. On a more concrete level, we are going to focus our exploration of modern world history upon the concept of colonialism, a historical concept that addresses consequences that accompanied the rise of European civilization, and its dominance over the rest of the globe beginning in the late 15th century.

Like other college courses, this one requires a commitment on your part. You are the one in charge of your own education. This means that you will need to come to class prepared, having completed all readings and assignments, and ready to discuss the topics that we will be covering. Also, make sure that you consult the syllabus every week to keep abreast of the readings, quizzes, assignments, and topics so that you will always be prepared.

Readings (all books are required and are available for sale at the campus bookstore):
Jerry H. Bentley and Herbert F. Ziegler, Traditions and Encounters: A

Global Perspective on the Past, 2nd Edition, Volume II: From 1500 to the Present.

Olaudah Equiano, The Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavas Vassa, the African.

Articles on file on Blackboard:

Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto (excerpts).

John Noble Wilford, “Columbus and the Labyrinth of History.”

Samuel W. Wilson, “Coffee, Tea, or Opium?”

Participation (includes attendance,

Contribution to in-class group

work, and positive participation in

class discussion). 20 points (you may go over this)

Nine quizzes 180 points (20 points each)

Midterm 100 points

Paper 100 points

Final 100 points

Total 500 points
Grade scale: A 470+ A- 450 – 469 B+ 435 – 449 B 415-434

B- 400-414 C+ 385-399 C 350-384 D 300-349

F under 300

This class will not just be about me giving you dry lectures week after week. You will need to get involved, ask questions, and discuss issues. To enhance your own perspective and broaden your thinking, you have an opportunity to earn points through a variety of ways that I call participation. If you attend a campus event relevant to our class, write up a one page report, and present evidence that you attended the event, you will get a point. In class, I sometimes have us play world history games that offer the opportunity to earn points. A new feature will be “Class Events” held four times during the semester. Most often in the form of a criminal trial, students can earn up to four points by participating. You may also earn points by volunteering to present an item of interest to the class. I will let you know about other chances to enhance your participation grade as the semester advances. You begin with 15 points, and while the syllabus states that participation is worth a total of 20, I allow you to earn as many participation points as you can possibly amass in a semester (the current record is 37).


Throughout the semester, I will give quizzes. Quizzes will cover the readings that are due for that week. They will involve simple identification of key concepts, places, and people, short answer questions, and sometimes a short (one paragraph) essay. Failure to take a quiz will mean a grade of “0” points.


Early in the semester, I will present you with an assignment for a paper due on December 9 (the last day of regular classes). The paper should be four to six pages in length (12 point font, one inch margins, double-spaced, numbered pages). It should also be fully cited. This means that you need to show your source for any information included in your essay which is not common knowledge. You may use one of the “in-text” methods of citation. This means putting the author name, book title, or web page title in parenthesis in the text where you have made your citation, and then providing a full bibliographic citation at the end of the paper. Remember that any phrase that is over two words that has been taken from another text needs to be placed in quotation marks and then cited.


There will be both a mid-term and final exam for this class. They will contain multiple choice questions, true/false, short answer, identifications, and essays. We will spend some time reviewing materials before each exam.


When you use another person’s work and imply that it is your own, without giving credit in the form of citations or quotation marks, you have committed plagiarism. Examples of plagiarism would be copying text from a printed source without citing that source, purchasing a paper off of a web site and handing it in as if it were your own, or cutting material off of the internet, and then pasting it into the body of your paper without using quotation marks and citing the source. Ignorance is not an excuse when committing plagiarism. Thus, it does not matter whether you know you have committed it or not, if you have plagiarized, you are guilty of committing plagiarism. If I find that you have plagiarized, you will receive no points for the assignment, which will be a grade of “F.” If the incident of plagiarism is particularly severe, you will fail the course. You will also fail the course if you are caught engaging in a flagrant act of academic dishonesty, such as cheating on exams or quizzes or turning in a paper written by another person.


Attendance is mandatory for this course because your participation and contribution to class time is vitally important. I will take attendance at the beginning of class each day. If you are not present to sign in, you will be counted as absent. However, I do understand that there are valid excuses for missing class: participation in intercollegiate athletics, serious illness, family emergency (such as a funeral), and religious observances. If you have a valid excuse for missing class, please email me. In the subject line of your message, please write your name, the word “absent,” and the date and section of the class that you missed. In the body of the message, please explain the reason for your absence.

In case of a medical emergency, please bring medical documentation. If you needed to miss class because of a funeral, please bring a signed letter from your family and/or minister/priest/rabbi or other religious cleric.
If you have perfect attendance, I will drop your lowest quiz grade and replace it with your highest quiz grade.
If you have five unexcused absences, I will drop your course grade one full level (for example, from an “A” to a “B”).
Other Matters

  • Please make sure that you have provided the university with an email address that you check regularly so that I can get in touch with you if I need to.

  • Please keep abreast of campus emergencies or closings. Unless campus is closed, all quizzes, exams, and paper due dates are as they have been written on the syllabus. If campus is closed on the day that a paper or quiz is scheduled, it will be due the next day that we meet.

Part I: The Origins of a Global Colonial System, 1500-1800
Week 1: Introductions
Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Holday.

Jan. 17: Introductions.

Jan. 19: European Conquests of Asia and

European invasion of the Americas.

Week 2: European Colonization and Empire Building.
Jan. 22: Read: Traditions and Encounters, Chapters 23 and 25.

Jan. 24: European Colonization of the Americas: the Spanish and English.

Read: John Noble Wilford, “Columbus and the Labyrinth of History,” on


Class Event: Columbus on trial for crimes against humanity.

Jan. 26: Final arguments in Columbus trial. Quiz #1.

Week 3: Modernity and Reformation in Europe.
Jan. 29: Religious reformation.

Read: Traditions and Encounters, Chapter 24.

Jan. 31: Development of modern European states, capitalism, and scientific


Feb. 2: Quiz #2.
Week 4: Africa and the Emergence of a Colonial Atlantic World.
Feb. 5: State formation in Africa.

Read: Traditions and Encounters, Chapter 26.

Feb. 7: Slave trade and the creation of an African diaspora.

Feb. 9: Quiz #3.

Week 5: A Personal Look at the African Slave Trade: A Slave Narrative.
Feb. 12: Read: Olaudah Equiano, The Life of Olaudah Equiano.

Feb. 14: Independence, expansion, and slavery in the Americas.

Feb. 16: Paper Due.
Week 6: Challenges to European Power from Islam and Asia.
Feb. 19: The fall of the Ming Dynasty, the Qing Dynasty, and Japanese

Unification. Read: Traditions and Encounters, Chapter 27.

Feb. 21: The Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid Empires. Islamic Society.

Read: Chapter 28.

Feb. 23: Quiz #4.
Week 7: Revolutions in Americas and France.
Feb. 26: Read: Traditions and Encounters, Chapter 29.

Feb. 28: Enlightenment and revolution in the Americas and France.

Mar. 2: Haitian revolution, slavery, and women’s rights.
Week 8: Review and Preview.
Mar. 5: Class Event: The Daily Show: John Stewart will host a conversation with

Thomas Jefferson, Maximilien Robespierre, Francois-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, and Simon Bolivar.

Mar. 7: Mid-Term Exam

Mar. 9: Spring Break Begins

March 8-18: Spring Break
The Age of Revolutions
Week 9: The Industrial Revolution and New Nations in the Americas.
Mar. 19: Creation of Industrial Society.

Read: Chapter 30.

Mar. 21: Responses to the Industrial State.

Read: Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, available on Blackboard.

Mar. 23: Quiz # 5.
Week 10: New Nations in the Americas.
Mar. 26: Read: Traditions and Encounters, Chapter 31.

Mar. 28: Independence, expansion, and slavery in the Americas.

Mar. 30: Quiz #6.
Week 11: European Empires and the “White Man’s Burdon.”
Apr. 2: Read: Traditions and Encounters, Chapter 33.

Apr. 4: European Imperialism.

Read: Samuel W. Wilson, “Coffee, Tea, or Opium?” (available on


Apr. 6: Class Event: Britain’s Victoria on trial for being a “Narco-Queen”.

Quiz #7.
Global Realignments, 1914 to Present

Week 12: The Turn of the 20th century: Europe in turmoil, European Colonialism in Crisis.
Apr. 9: Mini-break.

Apr. 11: The “Great War” and its aftermath.

Read: Traditions and Encounters, Chapters 34 and 35.

Apr. 13: More on the “Great War” and the Great Depression.

Week 13: Global depression, and World War II.
Apr. 16: Global Depression and European Decline.

Read: Chapters 36 and 37 in Traditions and Encounters.

Apr. 18: World War II, the rise of fascism, and the Holocaust.

Apr. 20: Quiz #8.

Week 14: The Cold War and a post-colonial world.
Apr. 23: The creation of superpowers.

Read: Chapter 38.

Apr. 25: Decline of Empire and the formation of the “Third World.”

Apr. 27: Quiz #9.

Week 15: “Globalization,” and the international consumer economy.
April 30: The Global Economy and Corporate Globalization.

Traditions and Encounters, Chapters 39 and 40.

May 2: Class Event: Phil Knight on trial for employment of slave labor.

May 4: Papers Due.
Date of Final Exam to be Determined.

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