World History Since 1500

History 1112 (05)


Spring 2014

TR 11-12:20

TLC 1203


Dr. Michael de Nie                 

TLC 3204

Office Hours: T 10-11, 1-4:30; R 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 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:


McKay, et. Al., Understanding World Societies: A brief History Vol. 2 (Text)

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

Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton

Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland


Additional Readings accessed via the online syllabus and CourseDen



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
1/7     Introduction

1/9     Exploration and Conquest
Text, 408-433

Week 2

1/14    Europe Transformed: The Reformation / Absolutism and Constitutional Monarchy
Documents: The Putney Debates (excerpt), An Agreement of the People
Text, 434-463


The European Voyages of Discovery
Chateau de Versailles

1/16    The Islamic Empires / Early Modern China
Text, 518-545

Islam: Empire of Faith

Week Three

1/21    Early Modern Japan / Africa and the Atlantic World
Text, 546-575 / 492-517

The Story of Africa

1/23    Class discussion of Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Week Four
1/28     The Scientific Revolution

Text, 464-471

1/30     The Enlightenment and Eighteenth-Century Society
Text, 472-491

Week 5

2/4      The French Revolution

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

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution  
Text,  576-605


2/6      First Exam

Week 6
2/11     The Industrial Revolution
Text, 606-619

2/13     Industry, Class, and Society
Text, 620-631

Paper Option #1 Due

Week 7
2/18     Class discussion of Gaskell, Mary Barton

2/20     The Age of “Isms”
Text, 632-642

The Communist Manifesto (accessed on CourseDen)

Week 8
2/25     Religion, Science, and Nationalism

Text, 643-657


2/27     Imperialism and Colonialism
Text, 666-693

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

Week 9
3/4        Imperialism in Asia
Text, 694-719

3/6        Women and Gender Roles
Text, 658-665

Paper Option #2 Due

Week 10
3/11      Second Exam

3/13      World War I

Text, 750-763

Documents: Siegfried Sassoon, “How to Die;” Wilfred Owen, “Anthem for a Doomed Youth,” “Dulce et Decorum Est;” Wilfred Gibson, “Back”

BBC World War One

3/18-3/20 Spring Break

Week 11
3/25    The Post-War World
Text, 764-779

3/27     Interwar China and Japan
Text, 795-805

Week 12
4/1       The Rise of Fascism and Stalinism
Text, 806-818

4/3      Nazi Germany
Text, 819-823

German Propaganda Archive

Week 13
4/8      World War II
Text, 823-837
BBC World War II The People's War

4/10    Class discussion of Browning, Ordinary Men

Paper Option #3 Due

Week 14         
4/15     The Holocaust

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

4/17      The Cold War
Text, 838-867

Final Exam – Tuesday, April 22, 11am