World History since 1500


History 1112 (3)

Spring 2013

TR 11-12:15

TLC 1203


Dr. Michael de Nie                

TLC 3204

Office Hours: TR 10-11, 1-3:30, 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. Students will demonstrate the ability to think historically through understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural dimensions of World History; comprehension of causal relationships and patterns of change and continuity over time; and awareness of the social significance of ethnicity, gender, race, and class in historical events and study. 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

Lynn Hunt (ed.), The French Revolution and Human Rights

Ernst Jünger, Storm of Steel

Additional Readings accessed via the online syllabus


CourseDen/D2L: 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:



Course Schedule and Assignments:

Week 1
1/8       Introduction


1/10     Exploration and Conquest
             Text, 332-345, 351-358


Week 2
    Europe Transformed: The Reformation / Absolutism and Constitutional Monarchy
Text, 361-382
             Documents: The Putney Debates (excerpt), An Agreement of the People

1/17     The Islamic Empires / Early Modern China
             Text, 385-409 / 410-422

Week Three

  Early Modern Japan / Africa and the Atlantic World
            Text, 422-432 / 345-351

            Document: A Voyage Made in the Hannibal of London (accessed on CourseDen)

1/24     Class discussion of Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Week Four
1/29    The Scientific Revolution
            Text, 436-438


1/31     The Enlightenment and Eighteenth-Century Society
             Text, 438-442

Week Five

The French Revolution
            Text, 450-458

2/7       First Exam

Week 6
2/12     Class discussion of Hunt, The French Revolution and Human Rights

2/14     The Industrial Revolution
            Text, 465-473

Paper Option #1 Due

Week 7
 Industry, Class, and Society

The Age of “Isms”
Text, 473-479
The Communist Manifesto (accessed on CourseDen)

Week 8
2/26     Religion, Science, and Nationalism
             Text, 506-509, 476-482

Paper Option #2 Due


2/28      Imperialism and Colonialism
              Text, 514-537
: The White Man’s Burden,” "On French Colonial Expansion," “China’s Opium Debate” (last document accessed on CourseDen)

Week 9
3/5        Imperialism in Asia

              Text, 540-562

3/7        Women and Gender Roles

              Text, 500-502


Week 10
3/12      Second Exam


3/14      World War I
              Text, 565-580
              Documents: Siegfried Sassoon, “How to Die”; Wilfred Owen, “Dulce et Decorum Est”; Wilfred Gibson, “Back”

3/19-3/21       Spring Break

Week 11
3/26    The Post-War World
            Text, 580-586, 589-601


3/28     Class discussion of Jünger, Storm of Steel



Week 12
4/2       Interwar China and Japan
            Text, 601-609


4/4      The Rise of Fascism
            Text, 616-620

Week 13
4/9       Nazi Germany

World War II       
            Text, 620-635


Paper Option #3 Due



Week 14         
4/16     The Holocaust
             Document: Treblinka (accessed on CourseDen)

4/18     The Cold War
              Text, 635-638, 644-668, 698-700


Final Exam – Tuesday, April 23, 11AM