History 162: World History Since 1500

Welcome to History 162! At this site will be posted lecture presentations and additional readings for the course.

For the course syllabus in pdf, click here; for the same in docx, here.

All supplementary readings for the course are immediately available below, though lecture material will be posted over the course of the semester.

Lecture Slides and Readings (In addition to the book)

Week 1: No Additional Reading
Lecture Slides: Course Introduction
World Maps: Political, Religions & Timeline, Languages

Week 2: Ibn Battuta's Travels
Lecture Slides: World Trade before 1500; Travelers
Questions for Reading and Discussion (Maps 394, 443)

Week 3: Vasco de Gama, Ferdinand Magellan
Lecture Slides: The Renaissance; Transoceanic Travel
Questions for Reading and Discussion
Link for the Sistine Chapel Tour (Vatican)
Link for Turning the Pages of Ancient Texts (BL)

Week 4: Cort├ęs' Letter, Spanish Laws and Riches, England's Treasure, India, Chinese View of Europe
Lecture Slides: Early Modern Empires
Questions for Reading and Discussion

Week 5: Aztec Accounts, Las Casas, The Mughals (Origins, Babur, Akbar, The Last Three Great Emperors)
Lecture Slides: Demographics and Migration
Questions for Reading (No Discussion due to Midterm)

Week 6: Hume on Miracles, Jefferson on Christianity full text (or link here), Essays on Haiti
Lecture Slides: Enlightenment Ideas
Questions for Reading and Discussion

Week 7: Philosophy, Engel's Observation, Workers, Women, Sanitation, Thames
Lecture Slides: Industrial Optimism, Industrial Costs
Questions for Reading and Discussion

Week 8: Britain, America, Germany, India, Afghanistan, Africa
Lecture Slides: Western Imperial Ambitions
Questions for Reading (No Discussion due to Papers)

Week 9: Conspicuous Consumption, Lenin's Vision
Lecture Slides: Western Collapse; Eastern Rise
Questions for Reading and Discussion

Week 10: Mussolini's Fascism, Countering Japan
Lecture Slides: Western Causes of WWII; Imperial Japan
Questions for Reading and Discussion

Week 11: Churchill, Stalin, Korea, Vietam
Lecture Slides: Cold War
Questions for Reading and Discussion

Week 12: Gandhi, Independence, Pakistan-India
Lecture Slides: China & India
Questions for Reading and Discussion

Week 13: European Union, United Nations
Lecture Slides: Unification; New Cold Wars
Questions for Reading and Discussion

Week 14: Newspapers from America, Britain, Ireland, Japan, Israel, Turkey, Argentina, Australia
Lecture Slides: Soft Power Relations
Questions for Reading and Discussion

Week 15: No Additional Reading
Lecture Slides: