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Unformatted text preview: hıstory 1019: globalızatıon — ıssues and challenges In st ru c t or: Ju st in Bla ke Bi e l Spring 2010 Blegen 125 Thursdays – 6:20-8:50 pm Office hours: Tuesdays 12:30 – 2:30 pm, and by appt. Office: Heller Hall 1035 Contact instructor by email [email protected] Cour s e D e s c ription Political, economic, and cultural globalization have been going on for centuries, but what has made globalization different since the end of World War II? One answer might begin with the worldwide impact of the Cold War. For most of the latter half of the twentieth century, the security struggle between the Western and Eastern bloc countries shaped not only international institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the European Economic Community, but also such processes as decolonization, labor migration, racial segregation, third-world revolution, the nationalization of states, and the internationalization of ideas of human rights. How does a sustained focus on the global entailments of the Cold War help us to understand these developments? At the same time, what does an analysis that foregrounds capitalist/sot rivalry tend to obscure? Finally, how have the end of the Cold War and the rise of the digital age changed how we analyze and understand globally-significant issues? These are the central questions that we will investigate in this course by giving special attention to the emergence and development of present- day “global cities.” Cour s e Goal s As an introduction to history at the U of M, this course is about thinking through how historians describe, dispute, and revise their notions of the relationship between pasts and presents. My central aim is that you will come away understanding how to assemble a historical argument from basic building blocks: primary evidence and models of social reality. As a college student asked to look closely at many of the developments we study for the first time, you may be nervous about judging arguments and models built by scholars who have devoted their lives to researching these events. But if you permit me a soapbox for a brief moment, I would just suggest that you have to do this kind of thing all the time. You never have “all” the information you need for any decision— whether it is how to prosecute a legal case, buy a computer, or support a politician. What you have to do is to sort through the information you have managed to assemble and decide what parts of that information to accept and what to reject. This is why the course builds toward a project in which you practice these skills by articulating an argument about the relative importance of forces shaping life in one global city during one past decade....
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2010 for the course CHE 626 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '09 term at A.T. Still University.
- Spring '09