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History syllabus - World History since 1945 History 140-1...

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World History since 1945 History 140-1 Dr. Maximilian Owre [email protected] Class Time Mon-Wed 3:00PM-4:15pm 105 Caldwell Hall Office Hours: 4:30-5:30 M-W 407 Hamilton Hall Class Materials: Required Books (available at UNC Student Stores): Michael H. Hunt, The World Transformed: 1945 to the Present. New York : Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. (ISBN 978-0-312-24583-2 ) (Hereafter referred to as “HUNT”) Aimé Césaire, A Discourse on Colonialism. New York : Monthly Review Press, 2000 (originally published in 1950). (ISBN 978-1-58367-025-5) The remainder of our required readings and source materials are listed under “Course Documents” and “External Links” on Blackboard. These are of three types: readings from the Web, pdf’s scanned and posted to Blackboard, and Audio-Visual sources from the Web. These will also be listed on the Class Schedule by the day on which they are assigned. You should read a newspaper with good international reporting or watch/listen to an international news broadcast (e.g. BBC World News, CNN International, Reuters International) every day—it is critical in this course to stay engaged with world news. You should also have access to an atlas and consider purchasing an inexpensive historical atlas like Hammond's Historical Atlas of the World. Overview: Just what does “globalization” mean? Whatever its definition, this word permeates our culture. Many bandy the word around to describe an ongoing—but vague—process or set of processes in the world today, but not everyone agrees on its meaning. What does it look like? What are its effects? How did/does it happen? The purpose of this course is to learn about international historical developments in the post World War II era and investigate the roots of contemporary global political, economic, social, and cultural issues. This class is also a forum for sharpening our skills as thinkers and communicators—both essential attributes for being informed citizens in this complex world. Some might question whether or not a course on World History is even possible considering the Earth’s vast geographical scope and the diversity of its human cultures. It is a fair question! The events of the last six decades, however, have fundamentally altered the human condition. Air travel, electronic communications, and consumer trends have led to the development of the first truly global community. In this course, we will have the opportunity to debate the impact of these developments and the extent of this global community, and see what has remained of the “local” or has been lost to international forces. When we are finished with this course, we should all have some sense of what globalization means to us as individuals and its importance for understanding the communities in which we live.
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Course Themes: The scope of our subject obviously prevents us from addressing every country and every event since 1945. To make things more manageable, this course will focus on the interplay of three key themes: Political ideologies and the paradoxes of their implementation
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