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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 501   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Global History (1850s - Present)

Stephen Kotkin

This seminar offers a history of global interactions roughly since the 1850s, combining an analytical framework with an overarching narrative. It singles out geopolitics, political economy, empire, networks and exchange, warfare and welfare, and oil. Key themes include the Anglo-German antagonism, the U.S.-Japan clash, the rise and fall of global communism, the German story and the European Union, the fall and rise of China, and America's global predominance and partnerships.

Sample reading list:
Ernest May, Lessons of the Past
John Darwin, Empire Project: Rise and Fall of the British World-System
Reviel Netz, Barbed Wire: an Ecology of Modernity
Harold James, End of Globalization: Lessons from the Great Depression
Odd Arne Westad, Global Cold War
David Shambaugh, China Goes Global: the Partial Power
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 33%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 17%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22258 S01 9:00 am - 11:50 am T   Dickinson Hall   230   Enrolled:11 Limit:15