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Making of the Modern World 4 GS (Global Seminar): New Ideas and Clash of Cultures Professor Matthew T. Herbst, [email protected] University of California San Diego Summer Session I 2008 in Paris, France Course Description MMW 4 provides a basic framework for understanding major trends, developments, and movements in world history from 1200 to 1750. This is a period of tremendous transition, witnessing increased interaction between regions and cultures and new developments in technology, trade, political and philosophical ideas, scientific understanding, and religious beliefs. We will examine a variety of medieval civilizations and encounter their growing ties and tensions as they transition through the early modern era. We will study the expansion of inter-continental trade networks with the integration of the Americas into the system of Eurasian and African world trade and the creation of a global network which systematically moved products, ideas, technologies, peoples, and diseases across cultural and continental divides. We will look at indigenous responses to the growth of Western power and conclude with a consideration of religious and intellectual movements, including those for religious tolerance as well as those championing the spread of fundamentalist movements. Required Reading 1. Bentley and H. Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters. A Global Perspective on the Past. Volume B (1000-1800).
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