Making of the Modern World 4
New Ideas and Cultural Contacts, 1200-1750
University of California San Diego, Eleanor Roosevelt College
Summer Session II 2011, Mondays and Wednesdays, 11-2 (section meets from 2-3)
Center Hall 222
Matthew T. Herbst, Faculty Director, MMW Program
Office Hours: Thursday, 11:30-2:30
Office Location: MMW Office, Room 209 (ERC Admin Building)
Graduate Teaching Assistant: Amanda Bevers
MMW 4 provides a framework for understanding significant developments and
changes in world history from 1200 to 1750.
This is a period of tremendous transition with
increased interaction between cultures and continents through trade, exploration, conquest,
and missionary activity. It is an era of critical modification and innovation in political and
philosophical ideas, technological advancement, and religious belief. MMW 4 examines a
broad selection of civilizations and cultures and encounters their growing ties and tensions as
the course moves from the medieval into the early modern period. We will study the
expansion of inter-continental networks that integrated the Americas into the existing Afro-
Eurasian system, creating a global network which systematically moved products, ideas,
technologies, peoples, and even diseases across cultural and oceanic divides. MMW 4 looks
at the emergence of Western influence on the world stage and indigenous responses to that
The course concludes with a consideration of scientific inquiry and religious
belief and the tension therein, a tension that continues to have a profound impact on our
Jerry Bentley and Herbert F. Ziegler.
Traditions and Encounters
, MMW Combined
Edition, 5th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-07-755922-9.
Worlds of History. A Comparative Reader. (Custom Edition for
Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.
John E. Wills, Jr.
The World from 1450 to 1700
. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.
A Writing Guide, options:
Ann Raimes. Pocket Keys for Writers, 3rd ed. New York: Wadsworth/ Cengage Learning,
Andrea Lunsford. Easy Writer, 4th Ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010.
Other Readings Provided Electronically.
Assessments & Final Exam:
10%, 10%, 35%
35% (Prospectus and Final Paper)
To pass this course, you must satisfy all course requirements; i.e. you must take all exams
and turn in all writing assignments to your TA and to Turnitin.com. Your instructors expect
you to complete assigned readings for the day of lecture and section.