Course Description

General History

HIST 2002

The Modern World: Global History Since 1760

Fall 2015

This is a survey of modern world history for students, beginning or advanced, who wish to understand how the world got to be the way it is today. In order to understand modern history, a global perspective is essential. This is true whether you are interested in economics, warfare, philosophy, politics, or even pop culture.

This course can be essential for students in many fields.  It is one of the four core required courses for students who are pursuing the interdisciplinary major in Global Studies in any of its tracks. 

This course is a broad survey. Therefore it is classified as a 2000-level course with no prerequisites. That does not mean it is easier than more tightly focused courses offered at the 3000 or 4000-level. You will have to juggle many different narratives and topics.

Class size is relatively small.  The course blends both video presentations from the instructor (on the Coursera platform) and then review and further discussion of the course material, including the readings, with the instructor in class.  Grades are determined by performance on weekly online quizzes, in-class reading quizzes, class participation, and two exams. 

Required readings include Jeffry Frieden, Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century; significant excerpts from R.R. Palmer, The Age of the Democratic Revolution: The Challenge; and Odd Arne Westad, Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750.  Most of the readings are articles, chapters, or book excerpts that will be in a History 2002 Sourcebook.

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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