Modern World History (1500-present)
J. M. Roberts. The Twentieth Century: The History of the World. (20C)
Fritz Fanon. Black Skin, White Masks
(Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness is available online, but students may wish to purchase)
includes the following pieces (the reader is about 30 pages long)
Fairbank, et al.
Jean Monnet. Memoirs 288-298; 372-393.
The grading system is as follows: Essay 30%, Midterm: 30%, Final exam 30%, Discussion attendance 10%
The essay should be 12 pages long, double spaced, point 12 font, Times New Roman. A list of suggested essay topics will be distributed in week 4. Essays are due week 12, in discussion section. Students may choose their own topic, but must receive the permission of the instructor (not the TA). Essays must use at least eight sources, including four primary sources. Students will be required to submit electronic copies as well as paper copies.
and the Final have the same format, except that the Final exam is
longer. There will be a series of “ID”
students will be asked to write a paragraph explaining various key
concepts. Essay questions are in-class;
have a choice of essays to answer.
Finally, both mid-term and final will include a geography
the midterm, students will be asked to identify
Attendance is not mandatory for lectures, but is mandatory for discussion sections on all weeks except week 1 and week 9 (the midterm review session). To count as “present,” students must BOTH be present AND have a one-page response paper about the readings for that week. The response paper is pass-no pass, it is not graded for content. However, no credit is given for the response paper if the student is not present. The format of the response paper is attached below. Students receive two free absences, each subsequent absence costs 10% of the student’s attendance grade.
Week 1 Introduction CHW 297-306; 321-335;
Modern World: Eurocentricism pro and con The World Economy: Agriculture, trade, silk road
section readings for week 1
[n.a. – T.A.s will introduce the course, grading system, discussion section]
Homework: test your geography http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/asiaquiz.html
European Discovery of America
598-603; 619-625; 646-659.
The Voyages of Discovery: Economics and Religion The
Zheng He vs. Vasco de Gamma; the spice islands. The rise of the plantation economy
Discussion section readings for week 2
and Fall of 15th cent. Chinese
Vasco de Gamma: To India http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1497degama.html
Webpage on Zheng He http://www.chinapage.com/zhenghe.html
and Sea Power
CHW: 626-646; 659-692.
The Dutch, French and English Colonialism The Qing (Ch’ing) and the Tokugawa
The Atlantic Slave Trade Christian missionaries in
section readings for week 3
Adam Smith The Wealth of Nations “Of Colonies”
Tokugawa: Closed Country Edict http://www.wfu.edu/~watts/w03_Japancl.html
Equiano’s Autobiography http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1h320t.html
Falconbridge on the Slave Trade http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1h281t.html
Week 4 Nationalism and the Age of Revolutions CHW: 692-721; 743-789; 799-813
and its political ramification: the nation
The American and French Revolutions Simon Bolivar “the liberator”
Limits to liberalism: slavery, women’s rights
Discussion section readings for week 4
Declaration of Indep.
Declaration of the Rights of Man http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/rightsof.htm
Declaration of the Rights of Woman http://members.aol.com/agentmess/frenchrev/wmanright.html
1805 Constitution of Hayti [sic] http://haiti.uhhp.com/historical_docs/constitution_may_1805.html
Week 5 Worldwide Industrial Revolution CHW: 813-858.
Industrial Revolution in
Guns, Newspapers, Ships Muhammad Ali, Mongkut of
The Opium War The Meiji Restoration
Discussion section readings for week 5
Lin’s letter to Queen
Headland “The Court and New Education” http://www.romanization.com/books/courtlifeinchina/chap22.html
Week 6 High Imperialism CHW: 894-917; 921-935 + 20C 96-110.
The culture of Imperialism
section readings for week 6
Heart of Darkness
Richard Kipling “White Man’s Burden” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/Kipling.htm
Week 7 Europe’s Catastrophe: World War One CHW: 966-1005 + 20C 238-296
brief history of Socialism
World War One in
Discussion section readings for week 7
Lenin: Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism,
chapters 6, 7, 9
“Declaration on Rights of Exploited peoples” (
Ho Chi Minh “Report on Colonial Questions, Comintern, 1924”
Week 8 “The Peace to End All Peace”? 20C: 304-335, 367-377.
Ideologies: modernism and decadence
“National self-determination” Fascism as the marriage of nationalism and socialism
Ethnic cleansing in the ex-Ottoman Empire
Discussion section readings for Week 8
See also “Art of the First World War” http://www.art-ww1.com/gb/texte/003text.html
See also “Photos of the Great War” http://www.gwpda.org/photos/greatwar.htm
Week 9 The transformation of Everyday life CHW: 953-966 + 20C: 111-137.
increasing literacy, urbanization, industrialization
Midterm: write 8/10 ID questions, 1/3 essay questions
Popular culture, new roles for women
Discussion section: review for midterm.
Week 10 War-Clouds in the 1930s 20C: 378-432
Revolution and Civil War
Discussion section readings for Week 10
textbook on Lebensraum
Der Stürmer “Madagascar” http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/ds9.htm
German National Catechism http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/catech.htm
Week 11 WWII: The Great Patriotic War 20C: 435-493, 504-520.
Victory in the Second World War
American defeat of
The Cold-War division of
Discussion section readings for Week 11
Nations Resolution on Ariel bombing
Report of Target Selection Committee (section 5 to end) http://www.dannen.com/decision/targets.html#C
A-bomb survivor testimonies: Yoshitaka Kawamoto http://www.inicom.com/hibakusha/
Week 12 Indian Independence 20C: 494-501; 575-583.
origins of anti-colonialism
Partition of India
Biographies: Gandhi, Nkrumah, Minh Islam vs. Pan-Arabism as a state-forming ideology
Discussion section readings for Week 12 ESSAYS DUE!
Discussion section readings for Week 12
autobiography: “First Day in
Orwell “Reflections on Gandhi” http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/index.cgi/work/essays/ghandi.html
Week 13 The messy collapse of Colonial Empire 20C: 521-552; 647-676; 734-738.
in the near east and
Frontiers and nation-building in
Discussion section readings for Week 13: Fritz Fanon: Black Faces, White Masks, Ch. 1,2, 6. 17-36; 109-141.
Week 14 The Decline and Fall of Communism 20C: 676-715; 747-764; 799-814.
the Iron Curtain: the disillusionment of 1968
The World Economic system, the EU Environmentalism as a political force
Discussion section readings for week 14: Jean Monnet Memoirs “A Bold Constructive Act” (Chapter 12, 15)
Week 15 Political Islam and the World Order CHW: 1100-1107 + 20C: 679-691, 739-747
Arab impotency and frustration
Discussion section readings for week 15
“the freedom to wear a veil” http://www.faklen.dk/en/the_torch/veil.shtml
Barber: “Jihad vs. McWorld” http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/foreign/barjiha.htm
Final Exam: 8/10 ID “write a paragraph” 2/5 essay questions, geography component.