This course surveys Europe┐s interaction with the peoples, lands and resources beyond its borders from c. 1450 to c. 1850. It focuses on the origin and development of imperial systems that served as circuits for exchanges of peoples, ideas, products, and technologies. Although the empires of Britain and Spain are emphasized, Portuguese, French and Dutch overseas expansion also receive attention. The course addresses several vital themes: early maritime exploration; colonial governance; interactions between Europeans and indigenous peoples; the slave trade and slavery; ideologies of empire; the rise of mercantile capitalism and the emergence of a world economy; the independence movements which transformed colonies into nations in the Americas; and imperial rivalry as a factor in European politics. The main regions discussed shall be South and North America (including the Caribbean), West African coasts, and South Asia; however, students will be encouraged to write papers on other areas if they wish.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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