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11/09/11 Post 1945 World History 1 Introductory Lecture HIS1111: The Twentieth Century World (1945- Present) We did not start the fire What is world history and how will we approach this subject in History 1111?
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11/09/11 Post 1945 World History 2 Fire is a complex metaphor that signifies contradictory things. What do you think “fire” signifies in BJ’s song? I. We Didn’t Start the Fire! Billy, thanks for our cour The spark of life conflagration Let there be light! What is this song about? What is this fire to which BJ refers and who started it anyway?
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11/09/11 Post 1945 World History 3 The Fire This course will examine postwar history through multiple lenses. At the journey’s end I want you to be able to not only decode Billy Joel’s song, but to write the lyrics to your own, adding new stanzas for 1990- 2009, that is those years that have shaped your life.
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11/09/11 Post 1945 World History 4 Lecture Outline Course Introduction I. We did not start the fire (1949-1989)! II. World History: Problems of Scale and Perspective III. Course Map: A Global Approach to World History IV. Syllabus: Course Design and Expectations READINGS: Linenthal and Engelhardt , Course Contract
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11/09/11 Post 1945 World History 5 II. World History: Problems of Scale and Perspective Lecture Objective: This introductory lecture will delineate what world history is, to outline the challenges its study presents, and to explain the structure and method this course will use. The ‘World’ A “globe” What is the difference between world history and global history? Come to think of it how is ‘world history’ different from ‘ordinary’ history?
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11/09/11 Post 1945 World History 6 A. Definition of “World” O.E. woruld, worold "human existence, the affairs of life," also "the human race, mankind," a word peculiar to Gmc. languages (cf. O.S. werold, O.Fris. warld, Du. wereld, O.N. verold, O.H.G. weralt, Ger. Welt), with a literal sense of "age of man," from P.Gmc. *wer "man" (O.E. wer, still in werewolf; see virile ) + *ald "age" (see old ). Originally "life on earth, this world (as opposed to the afterlife)," sense extended to "the known world" (e.g. "Greatest Show on Earth"), then to "the physical world in the broadest sense, the universe" (c.1200). In O.E. gospels, the commonest word for "the physical world," was Middangeard (O.N. Midgard), lit. "the middle enclosure" (cf. yard), which is rooted in Gmc. cosmology. Gk. kosmos in its ecclesiastical sense of "world of people" sometimes was rendered in Goth. as manaseþs, lit. "seed of man." The usual O.N. word was heimr, lit. "abode" (see home). Words for "world" in some other I.E. languages derive from the root for "bottom, foundation" (cf. Ir. domun, O.C.S. duno, related to Eng. deep); the Lith. word is pasaulis, from pa- "under" + saule "sun." Original sense in world without end, translating L. sæcula sæculorum, and in worldly . L. sæculum can mean both "age" and "world," as can Gk. aion.
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