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Unformatted text preview: Class One Tuesday, June 26, 2007 12:29 PM Weber, Protestant Ethic - online Class One – June 26 - The Orient Express Class Introduction – Syllabus overview and course requirements Fables from the West about the West 300 – video clip The Return of the King – video clip The Mummy - video clip The European Miracle? Tales from Recent European History. • Historiography (history): refers to "the writing of history" or "the making of history" o influenced, a cultural product - facts are not always completely given o "Fact" comes from the French word "Fait" - fait means "made", a social product o Facts of history are subjective - they are a product of individual and cultural ideas/values/ beliefs/interpretations/bias o Not necessarily wrong - just that competing notions are out there • Globalization o Two common hypotheses about globalization and "civilization" often found in western historiography (western visions, interpretations, etc.) 1. European Miracle : Claims that there was something unique about Europe that allowed it to develop a dominant civilization/society, such as.. • Latitude (Geography) - lies horizontally to the equator • Climate or weather - just right… the "baby bear" • Natural resources • Disease - the Black Plague, etc., ignored because the real diseases and problems were in Africa (malaria, etc.) • Supposedly, European intelligence/rationality was higher than non- Europeans • European systems of rule were more liberal • European families were more "controlled" due to late marriages - family sizes reflected use of resources, smaller used less resources 2. The Orient Express: A belief/theory/hypothesis that civilization first emerged in the near East (Mesopotamia - between Syria and Persia), but then moved West! and improved as it moved West. But disregards everywhere else in the world • Ancient Sumeria --> Babylon --> Medeo-Persia --> Greeks --> Romans --> Dark Ages --> Renaissance Italy --> Europe --> Spain --> England & France --> USA Class Two Thursday, June 28, 2007 12:03 PM [email protected] - Jeff - TA Class Two – June 28 - From the Fall of Rome to 1492 – Whose Dark Ages? A brief look at the Middle Ages Reading: Blaut, Skim through Ch 1., Read Ch. 2 Film: Islam – Empire of Faith 1. A Brief History of the European Medieval Period a. 476 A.D. - collapse of the Roman Empire in the Western half.. But the Eastern half (Byzantine Empire) continues to exist until the 1450s....
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