International Monetary Fund- An international organization headquartered in Washington D.C consisting of 189 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. It was formed with 29 member countries and the goal of reconstructing the international payment system. It plays a central role in the management of balance of payments difficulties and international financial crises.
Essay Question I (50 points/200) On the exam, you will be asked to answer ONE of these questions from a choice of TWO. You should plan answers to each of these questions in advance drawing on evidence from all of the available course materials (textbook, lectures, primary source readings and discussion section). Your answer should use evidence and detail from at least THREE different primary sources (ie sources created in the time periods we are studying; they are in the Worlds Together Worlds Apart Companion Reader that you use in section. You may also use the additional primary sources in the textbook if you wish). 1. What was the relationship between the rise of imperialism and World War I? Did empireand imperialism cause World War I? 2. What was the “problem of the modern” in the late 19 th and early 20 th century? How did notions such as “Enlightenment”, “modernity” and “progress” create debate and conflict in the non-Western world in this period? (Make sure to have at least one detailed example) 3. What new world order emerged in the post-World War II period and how different was this world order from the pre-war situation? Who were winners and who were losers and why? 1. This class has focused on the growth of global connections from 1000 to the present. What political configurations emerged to organize and structure these growing connections? How did the centers of power shift around and across the globe over time? 2. How did we get from the relative global social and economic equality of the year 1000 to the massive inequality that the world sees today? What were the important turning points in global history that produced this inequality? 3. What strategies have groups and individuals adopted to resist political, economic and cultural domination created by the expansion of global connections from 1000 to the present? How successful were they? Did strategies change over time? (Make sure to give at least three detailed examples.)
NB: The required number of references to primary sources represents a minimum; you may choose to use more sources to support your argument.
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