World History Since 1500

History 1112 (08)


Fall 2013

TR 11-12:20

TLC 1203


Dr. Michael de Nie                 

TLC 3204

Office Hours: TR 10-11, 1-3, and by appointment

Tel.: 678.839.6033



This class will survey the history of the world from the Reformation and voyages of discovery to the present day. The course will use a comparative approach, exploring similarities and differences between regions, taking special note of interactions and exchanges between cultures as well as the lives of everyday people. Particular attention will be paid to cultural and ideological interchanges among the world’s civilizations and the evolution of the “global community.” Students will gain an understanding of the social forces and trends in social, religious, political, and philosophic thought that laid the foundations of the modern world and
demonstrate the ability to understand the political, social, economic, or cultural dimensions of world history.
Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the commonalities and differences among two or more societies, nations, or cultures outside of the United States in regard to any of the following: language, literature, aesthetics, politics, economics, or social and cultural practices. The lectures will incorporate a number of multimedia elements, including slides, film, and music. 


Preparation is an integral part of class. Read the complete assignment before arriving and be prepared to discuss it in class.


Please note that tape recording of lectures is not permitted.


Grade: Your grade in this course will be based on three exams (75%) and a 3-5 page essay on an assigned topic (25%). Exam and paper due dates are noted below. I do not accept late or electronically submitted papers.


Required Reading:


William J. Duiker and Jackson Spielvogel, The Essential World History Vol. 2 since 1500 (Text)

Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Voltaire, Candide

Erich Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front


Additional Readings accessed via the online syllabus



Class Website/CourseDen: The CourseDen page for this course is accessed via the My Courses link on the My UWG homepage. There you can access the syllabus, download assignments and exam review sheets, and find messages regarding the class. You must visit the online syllabus to download the documents listed below. Print them out and bring them with you to class on the dates listed below. Do not wait until the last minute to print these documents. Computer error is not an acceptable excuse for not having the documents on the assigned date.

Statement on Plagiarism

Please note that anyone committing plagiarism in any written assignment will earn an F for the course and may face further disciplinary action. Plagiarism is defined in the University of West Georgia Handbook as “representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own. Direct quotations must be indicated and ideas of another must be appropriately acknowledged.” Please see the UWG’s History Department statement on plagiarism at and the UWG English Department’s guide for avoiding plagiarism at:

Students, please carefully review the following information. It contains important material pertaining to your rights and responsibilities in this class. Because these statements are updated as federal, state, and university accreditation standards change, you should review the information each semester.

Course Schedule and Assignments:

Week 1
8/27     Introduction

8/29     Exploration and Conquest
Text, 352-368, 374-381
The European Voyages of Discovery

Week 2

9/3    Europe Transformed: The Reformation / Absolutism and Constitutional Monarchy
Documents: The Putney Debates (excerpt), An Agreement of the People
Text, 382-405

Chateau de Versailles

9/5     The Islamic Empires / Early Modern China
Text, 407-432 / 433-446

Islam: Empire of Faith

Week Three

9/10    Early Modern Japan / Africa and the Atlantic World
Text, 446-459 / 369-374

The Story of Africa

9/12    Class discussion of Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Week Four
9/17     The Scientific Revolution

Text, 460-464

9/19     The Enlightenment and Eighteenth-Century Society
Text, 464-473

Week 5

9/24      Class Discussion of Voltaire, Candide

9/26     The French Revolution
Text, 474-487


Documents: Declaration of the Rights of Man,” “Declaration of the Rights of Woman

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution

Week 6
10/1     First Exam

10/3     The Industrial Revolution
Text, 488-502

Paper Option #1 Due

Week 7
10/8       Industry, Class, and Society

10/10     The Age of “Isms”
Text, 500-503

The Communist Manifesto (accessed on CourseDen)

Week 8
10/15     Religion, Science, and Nationalism

Text, 502-516, 535-541

Paper Option #2 Due


10/17   Imperialism and Colonialism
Text, 543-569

Documents:The White Man’s Burden,” "On French Colonial Expansion," “China’s Opium Debate” (last document accessed on CourseDen)

Week 9
10/22        Imperialism in Asia
Text, 570-595

Photographs from the Meiji Period

10/24        Women and Gender Roles
Text, 528-530

Week 10
10/29      Second Exam

10/31      World War I

Text, 596-610

Documents: Siegfried Sassoon, “How to Die”; Wilfred Owen, “Dulce et Decorum Est”; Wilfred Gibson, “Back”

BBC World War One
Trenches on the Web

Week 11
11/5    Class discussion of Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

11/7     The Post-War World
Text, 610-632

Week 12
11/12       Interwar China and Japan
Text, 632-643

11/14      The Rise of Fascism
Text, 650-654

Week 13
11/19    Nazi Germany

German Propaganda Archive

11/21    World War II
Text, 655-675
BBC World War II The People's War

Paper Option #3 Due

11/26-11/28 Thanksgiving Break – No Class

Week 14         
12/3     The Holocaust

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

12/5      The Cold War
Text, 678-706

Final Exam – Tuesday, Dec. 10, 11am