World Civilizations to 1500
Washington State University, Fall 2006
Kathryn E. Meyer
MW 3:30-5:00, F 1:00-2:00, or by appointment
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covers the development of World Civilization from 5,000 BCE to 1500 CE
(humanity’s emergence from the primeval ooze to Columbus). Because this time span includes a LOT of
material, we will be more or less hitting the high spots. Therefore, our approach will be selective and
topical, emphasizing the following: the earliest civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China;
the origin and development of the great world religions; the political and philosophical legacy of the
Greco-Roman world; the artistic and literary expression of the Middle Ages; and the cultural variety of
Africa and the Americas.
•To provide students with a basic historical and cultural framework for understanding the global world
in which they will be living and working when they leave WSU.
•To develop two types of geographic understanding of this world: 1) physical geography (continents,
seas, mountains, rivers, etc.), and 2) political geography (states, cities, etc.)
•To develop students’ abilities to recognize and to analyze problems, to interpret and to synthesize
information from a variety of sources, and to express ideas clearly and logically.
The three books for this class can be purchased at the Bookie or at the
bookstore (located on Bishop Blvd.) that WSU prohibits faculty from naming in class.
•World History to 1500
, 5th edition, by William J. Duiker and Jackson J. Spielvogel. REQUIRED The
(This is Volume I—make sure you do not buy Volume II.)
•Global Passages: Sources in World History
Volume I: to 1500
by Roger Schlesinger et al.
Supplementary readings designed to give you greater insight into the civilizations you will be studying
this semester. REQUIRED. (Note: Do not buy Volume II of
•Hammond Historical Atlas
REQUIRED. Contains great maps for preparing for map quizzes, and it
will probably be required for Gen.Ed. 111, too, depending on who your instructor is.