01-12-09 Notes

01-12-09 Notes - Structure and Event Historical Contexts...

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Historical Analysis and the Origins of “Western” Civilization Course Requirements Importance of Readings Discussion and Critical Analysis Ideas in Historical Contexts Discussion Sections, Teaching Assistants Historical Studies in a Present-Minded Culture Western Civilization: A Subject of Debate Nostalgia for the Past? Critique of the Past? Non-Historical Thinking vs. Historical Analysis The Past as a Dynamic Process The Past as a Foreign Country Courses on "Western Civilization" after World War I Building Cultural Identity? Influence of the Cold War The Critiques of Eurocentrism My Own Approach to History Choices and Alternatives Multiple Causality: Material, Psychological, Intellectual
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Unformatted text preview: Structure and Event Historical Contexts and Individuals What makes “Western Civilization” a Distinctive Culture? Geography? Politics? Economics? Social Life and Family Structure? Religion and Philosophy? Science and Technology? Art/Literature? Wars? The Emergence of Civilization in Egypt and Mesopotamia Influence of Rivers: Nile, Tigris and Euphrates Farming and Division of Labor (3500 BC—500 BC) Governments in Egypt and Mesopotamia Writing and Legal Codes; The Authority of Kings Religions: Explanations for Nature and Life after Death Large Kingdoms and Empires Legacy of Three Broad Civilizing Processes: Governments, Religions, Empires...
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