HISTORY 239 - The World Before 1492
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Long before European “voyages of discovery” ushered in the modern era of globalism and global inequality, huge areas of the world had already been connected and divided by extensive systems of material exchange, cross-cultural interaction, and political integration. The history of these earlier worlds is the subject of this course. The pursuit of comparisons and connections will be the passport that allows us to criss-cross the regions, societies, and cultures into which the world’s pre-modern history is usually divided. By practicing history on a large scale, particular questions and problems come to the fore: Why did major social and technological transformations such as agriculture or writing arise multiple times in different areas and periods and then spread further afield? Were their causes and consequences always the same? How did human groups in various regions form states, empires, and other collectives? How did cross-cultural interaction ebb and flow with changing patterns of migration, trade, and imperialism or with the rise of universal religions? What effects did broad climatic and ecological changes have on different societies and systems of interaction? How were larger world-historical trends experienced, advanced or resisted at more local levels? How did people placed at the margins of such trends, such as nomads and subject populations, come to play important roles in large-scale transformations?

Course Requirements:

No prerequisites.

Intended Audience:

All students.

Class Format:

Lectures and discussion.

HISTORY 239 - The World Before 1492
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 013415049X
Revel for The World: A History, Vol 1 3rd edition, Author: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Publisher: Pearson
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