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21H.912 The World Since 1492, Spring 2003

16th century map of the world.
16th-century world map. (Courtesy of National Library of Medicine.)

Highlights of this Course

This course includes extensive reading questions, located in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course explores the last 500 years of world history. Rather than trying to cover all regions for all periods of time, we will focus on four related themes: the struggles between Europeans and colonized peoples; the global formation of capitalist economies and industrialization; the emergence of modern states; and the development of the tastes and disciplines of bourgeois society.  Note: This course is based on a model developed by Professor Daniel Segal of Pitzer College.


Prof. Mona L. Russell

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session




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