HIST 1220, Spring 2011
I. Topic Areas: Early Modern Empires, Columbian Exchange, Global Trade and Economy in the Early Modern Era, Beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, The Enlightenment
III. Readings: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: The World: A Brief History: Volume 2, Chapters 16-22.
IV. Date: Mar 3
V. STRUCTURE OF THE EXAM: The exam will have two parts, an essay portion and an identifications portion, each worth 50%.
Exam Structure: The exam will consist of two parts, an essay section and an identification section, each worth 50%. You will choose one essay from a selection that will be drawn from the essays below. For the identifications, you will be given a list of ten terms, drawn from the terms below, of which you will choose five for long (paragraph-length) identifications discussing the historical significance of those terms.
Essays: Essays should be in standard short essay form - 1) Introduction and thesis; 2) Supporting evidence; 3) Conclusion. This will ordinarily take five to eight paragraphs. You will be graded on form, completeness, accuracy, and how well you support your thesis.
Identifications: You will be graded on two grounds: 1) Details - who, what, when, where; 2) Historical Significance - why does this matter? What were the consequences? How did this person/idea/thing shape history? (These are examples of questions you could address. Each term will vary as to how it needs to be approached.)
George Washington: First president of the United States, 1789-1797. Established a number of important presidential traditions, such as the practice of serving only two terms, the Cabinet system, presidential independence in setting foreign policy, and a semi-isolationist foreign policy that sought to avoid involvement in European affairs.
Jerusalem: A traditional religious center, located in the Eastern Mediterranean. Although of minor economic and strategic importance, it has had high religious significance for the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Because of this, control of Jerusalem has been important in a number of conflicts, including the medieval Crusades and the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
animism: A class of religions based on the idea that the universe is inhabited by and animated by spirits. Since all the world is inhabited by sprits, all the world is sacred. Widely practiced in pre and early agricultural societies, and still present in such modern religions as Shinto and Santeria. In such religions, it is important to develop good relations with these sprits, through sacrifice and other rituals, in order to obtain benefits and avoid problems.
VI. Essay Questions and Identification Terms:
Essay: Discuss the role of
trade in Early Modern Empires. How did trade inspire empire-building, and how
did it shape the development of empires? Discuss at least two examples of empires
in your essay (Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Ottoman, Safavid, Mughal, China,
Identifications: lateen sail, Vasco de Gama, Silk Road, Janissaries,
Discuss the Columbian Exchange - how did it
reshape global society, primarily in terms of population and demographics?
Identifications: cane sugar, potato
Compare the spread of the world
religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism) in the 1500s and 1600s, roughly. What
factors spurred and enabled the rapid growth of these religions?
Identifications: Martin Luther, Tibetan Buddhism, Council of Trent, syncretism, Universal Priesthood of Believers, Sikhism
The Scientific Revolution led Europeans to believe that they
could both understand and control nature. Explain how.
Identifications: Ptolemey, Galileo Galilei, On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres, Joanes Kepler, Issac Newton, inductive reasoning
New political ideas and institutions developed world wide in
the 1600s and 1700s. Compare the political development of at least two of the
following societies in this time period - China, Ottoman Empire, Mughal
Empires, Safavid Empire, Europe.
Identification: nation-state, Ottomans, Janissaries, Huang Zongxi, British East India Company, Qing Dyansty, creolization
Compare the economic development of China and India to Western
Europe (primarily England) in the period of the early Industrial Revolution
(1700s and early 1800s).
Identifications: Mary Wortley Montagu, high-level equilibrium trap, opium, forest famine, enclosure, James Watt
What were the basic principles of the Enlightenment? Was this
primarily a European phenomenon, or was it more strongly global. Explain your
Identifications: philosophes, social contract, mercantilism, invisible hand, labor theory of wealth, Voltaire, Baron de Montesquieu, Romanticism, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Napoleon Bonaparte, Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, Reign of Terror