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Lecture 1 - faster(early modern globalization-deepening...

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Monday 1/7/08 History 2b: lecture 1 Central themes and questions: 1000 -1700: age of exploration - the birth of the modern world (mass media, printing press, rise of capitalism, division of world) - becomes more integrated and more unequal - Internal dynamics of individual societies Internal dynamics; an age of thickening human webs: 1000 – 1500 - revival and expansion of long-distance trade across the eastern hemisphere (exploration) - intensified interaction within Eurasia and most of Africa - cultural exchange; religious ideas, social customs, technological skills, spread of literacy and formal education Spinning the worldwide web: 1500 – 1750 - transoceanic exploration and expansions - the people of the earth increasingly formed a single community; things happened
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Unformatted text preview: faster (early modern globalization)-deepening global power imbalances; cores and peripheries; global divisions of labor-new empires and the rise of Europe-ecological imperialism and the beginning of large-scale ecological degradation key questions to think about-what is an empire? What is the historical significance of empires? Can empires do good?-What is power? Different forms of power? (power to kill, trade, power to resist, control own destiny, cultural power, etc.)-Why Europe? (started as irrelevant but came to dominate the world)-Europe’s global hegemony by the mid-eighteenth century? Is it total, partial?-What role did religion play in shaping the modern world? Global religion?-...
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