HISTORY 445 - Topics in History
Section: 002 The Historiography of Early Modern Eurasia
Term: FA 2014
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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This course considers the latest interpretations of the early modern world. The basic question it seeks to answer is this: In what ways did Europe between c. 800 and 1800 differ from Asia, and in what ways were Europe and Asia fundamentally similar? The course opens with arguments for European uniqueness. It then considers five efforts to challenge or modify that perspective: claims for the Asian origins of key Western features, claims for equivalent East Asian and European economic development, claims for European-Asian demographic equivalence, claims for parallel political and cultural evolution, and claims for constant mutual stimulation.

The main texts will be available in the UGLI Reserve, but because many of these books are very long, most students probably will want to buy some, if not all. The following reading list is provisional, but almost certainly the required texts together will cost over $250.

  • E.L. Jones, The European Miracle
  • David Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations
  • Jack Goody, The Theft of History
  • Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence
  • James Less and Wang Feng, One Quarter of Humanity
  • Victor Lieberman, Strange Parallels, vol. 2
  • Ian Morris, Why the West Rules -- For Now
  • Geoffrey Parker, The Military Revolution
  • Charles Parker, Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age, 1400-1800
  • John Brooke, Climate Change and the Course of Global History

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HISTORY 445 - Topics in History
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002 (SEM)
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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