College of Arts and Sciences 
Department of History, Geography and Political Science

Dr. Theron Corse

Course Description 
Outline & Readings 

COURSE SYLLABUS HIST 2070, World History II  

Semester/Year: Spring 2014 Office Location: Crouch Hall, 406A
Semester Hours of Credit: 3 Office Phone: 963-7457
Instructor: Dr. Theron Corse Alternate Phone: 963-5471
Class Meeting Location: Crouch (GRD) 107 E-Mail: tcorse@tnstate.edu
Day and Time: TR 11:20-12:45 Office Hours: MWF: 9:00-3:00; TR: 9:00-9:40, 1-3:00


Final Study Guide



Assignments:  1. Primary Source Essays 2. ID Quizzes 


History 2070 is the second half of the World History sequence.  It pays special attention to the causes and social contexts of those ideologies, movements, wars and revolutions which have shaped the modern historical period from 1600-1990.  We will cover the Middle and Near East; India and the Far East (China and Japan); Africa; Europe and the Americas.  Special attention is given to the cultural, political and economic interrelationship of these regions and the role that each played in the formation of the modern global community.  This course is designed to help students improve their proficiency in reading, writing and critical thinking.  It offers students additional opportunities to develop skills in note taking, word-processing, library research, and public speaking.  

Much of the material deals with European expansion and colonization of other civilizations.   The most pervasive theme of the modern historical period is the rise of the West and its political, intellectual and economic domination of the rest of the world.  How Europe (whose civilizations appear relatively unimpressive in HIST 1210) came to dominate what were once such advanced civilizations in Africa, Asia and America is perhaps the most important question of this period. 

History 2070 reflects a global emphasis in its representation of major civilizations and their contributions to the human experi­ence.  The course emphasizes the social history of civilizations through the ages and around the world, recreating the everyday life of ordinary people in the context of their economic, political, intellectual, cultural, religious, and geographic environment. 

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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES This course is designed to enable students to achieve both content and analytical goals.  In general, the student, upon completion of the course, should have a grounding in ancient history that will enhance their cultural awareness, enable them to critically analyze texts and works of art from the period and place them in a cultural and comparative context, and to relate this knowledge to overall development of human society and culture.

Analytical and Methodological goals:

  • 1. Develop an understanding of historical analytical techniques, including an understanding of the role of change and continuity in human history. (elaborated below in Change and Continuity)
  • 2. Demonstrate an ability to apply historical analytical techniques to texts and artifacts from the modern era.
  • 3. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of how texts and artifacts from the modern era express the culture and values of that era.
  • 4. Be able to critically asses, within a comparative framework (elaborated below in Content Related Goals) the ideas, values, and historical forces that have shaped the development of human society.

Content Related Goals:

  • The primary content related goal is that the student develop an understanding of the diversity of global cultures in the modern world, with an appreciation for how that diversity shapes the development of human history and human society. This goal will be addressed through a series of region specific goals, discussed below.
  • Rise of the West. The student will trace events and evaluate the significance of movements associated with the rise of the West (1400-1914)
    • Cite major costs and benefits of the scientific and commercial revolutions for different segments of European society (1600-1800).
    • Trace the progress of the Industrial Revolution and assess its effects on Europe and the World (1750-1914).
    • Analyze the causes and assess the influence of political revolutions in England, North America, and France on individuals, governing bodies, and church-state relations.
    • Analyze the impact of European expansion on societies in the Western Hemisphere.
  • European Domination. The student will examine causes, consequences, and limitations of Europe's world domination (1750-1945) 
    • Analyze the forces that both caused and allowed European nations to acquire colonial possessions and trading privileges in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
    • Assess the influence of the church, aristocracies, and colonial export economies on Latin American society.
    • Compare the effects of voluntary and forced Westernization on societies in Russia, North Africa, and Southwest Asia.
    • Describe the changes that resulted when European commercial networks were replaced with political domination by the late nineteenth century.
    • Evaluate the effects of colonialism on African, Asian, and European societies.
  • Twentieth Century Turmoil. The student will analyze causes and effects of world events in early twentieth century (1914-1945).
    • Analyze the causes and assess the consequences of World War I.
    • Judge the causes and effects of the Russian Revolution for Russia and the world.
    • Evaluate the causes and consequences of the Great Depression on industrial societies.
    • Evaluate World War II as the end of one era and the beginning of another.
  • Modern Economic, Political, and Social Conditions. The student will analyze problems and assess prospects of an interdependent world
    • Trace the development of relationships between the Former Soviet Republics and the United States and cite consequences of these relationships for the world.
    • Analyze economic and political recovery in Japan and Europe.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of independence movements in Asia and Africa as challenges to the European world domination established in the nineteenth century.
    • Judge the effects of European domination on societies in Africa, Asia, and Southwest Asia as they re-established their own economies and institutions of self-government.
    • Assess the degree to which the international community is capable of resolving recurring global dilemmas and meeting the challenges of globalization.


TEXTBOOK and READINGS Textbook: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: The World: A History: Volume 2: Since 1300 (Penguin Academics, 2011) ISBN: 0-205-75932-7 (paper) or 0-205-03268-0 (etext)

There are various versions of this book bundled with CDs or other features. You do not need these features, just the book. I can't seem to find an ISBN for the book alone. Just buy the cheapest version of Volume 2 that you can find. Don't worry about buying used editions that might lack the CD or the MyHistorylab key.

EVALUATION Grades will be based on the assignments listed below. Assignments will be weighted as follows:  
Grade Distribution
Two Exams 2x25% each=50%
Map Quizzes 10%
Participation\Quizzes 10%
Primary Source Essays 30%
Total 100%


  Grades and their numerical equivalents are as follows:
Grading Scale
90 or above A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 or below F


Office Hours: Students who seek help with instructors during office hours get better grades. Do not wait until you have major problems! Students should speak to me any time they find themselves confused about material, directions, or grades. I am always ready to help any student who needs help with any of the material or any assignment. That's my job.

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READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS Readings are taken from the textbook and this website. The chapter numbers and page numbers in the schedule are from your textbook . The textbook readings are required, as are the web readings except where noted. Underlined readings are links to web sites.
Weeks Dates Lecture Topic  Reading


Jan 20-22 Formation of World Systems


Jan 27-29 Building the Modern Mind



Feb 3-5 Building the Modern Mind

Map Quiz 1 Feb 5

  • Chapter 18



Feb 10-12 State and Society in the Early Modern Era

ID Quiz 1 - Feb 12



Feb 17-19 State and Society in the Early Modern Era

ID Quiz 2  Feb 19



Feb 24-26



Map Quiz 2 Feb 26

  • Chapters 23-24


Mar 3-5

Midterm Exam - Mar 5


8 Mar 10-12 Spring Break


9 Mar 17-19 The Industrial Revolution
10 Mar 24-26 The Industrial Revolution



  • Chapters 26-27

11 Mar 31-Apr 2 The Industrial Revolution


  • Chapters 26-27
  • Karl Marx (1818-83) and Frederich Engels (1820-1895): Communist Manifesto, 1848

12 Apr 7-9 20th Century Politics


13 Apr 14-16 20th Century Politics

ID Quiz 3 - Apr 16


Last day to withdraw - Apr 11

14 Apr 21-23 20th Century Politics

ID Quiz 4 - Apr 23


15 Apr 28-30 Modern Globalization



Finals Apr 29-May

Final Study Guide - TBA






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REQUIREMENTS Assignments Assignments for this class will include reading, writing, and special projects. Readings maybe assigned not only from the text, but also from photocopied materials, library books, and Internet sources. Students are responsible for all work assigned in this class, whether or not they are present. Assignments must be completed on time. Late work will be penalized unless you have a good excuse, and no assignments will be accepted more than one week late. All students are expected to participate regularly in class discussions.  

Attendance and Punctuality

All students are expected to attend class punctually and regularly.  Students arriving after the beginning of class may, at the instructor's discretion, be counted absent and/or asked to remain outside the classroom until the end of the lecture.

Excessive absence or tardiness may result in a significant reduction in a student's grade, and instructors are under no obligation to allow make-up work in cases of tests and assignments missed as a result of unexcused absence or tardiness.  Students are also responsible for obtaining information presented in class during their absence.

In the event of an illness or emergency requiring absence from class, students should contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in order to obtain the documentation necessary to have the absence excused.  Instructors may require such documentation as a condition for allowing the completion of missed tests or assignments.

Tennessee State University's policy on absences may be found in the Student Handbook, Chapter VII, pp. 100-101.

The last day to withdraw is Apr 11


Special Note on Academic Honesty

Except in cases of group projects so designated by the instructor, all tests and assignments submitted in the course must be the original work of the student.  In cases of plagiarism or cheating, the instructor may assign an F on the assignment or an F in the course and is also advised to report such cases immediately to both the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Students in HIST 2070 are warned particularly against the following forms of academic dishonesty:

(1) copying the work of other students on tests or assignments;
(2) any copying without quotation marks from books, newspapers, journals, internet sources, etc.
(3) consultation of notes or books during in-class examinations (unless expressly permitted by the instructor;
(4) attempting to discover unpublished examination questions in advance.

Tennessee State University's policies on academic conduct may be found in the Student Handbook, Chapter III, p. 18.


Class Participation

Class Participation: Preparation: since students are expected to participate in class discussion, it is important to complete all the assigned readings before coming to class. Students are expected to understand the material, or at least have identified what they do not yet understand in order to ask questions in class. All students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the assigned material.

Students are expected to observe normal courtesy in class. They are expected to pay attention to the instructor, to take detailed notes, to refrain from personal conversation, and to avoid any other behavior that disturbs others. A student who does not observe these courtesies maybe asked to leave the room. 

Accommodation for Disabilities The Department of History, Geography, and Political Science, in conjunction with the Office of Disabled Student Services, makes reasonable accommodation for qualified students with medically documented disabilities.  If you need an accommodation, please contact Dan Steely of TSU's Disabled Student Services Office at 963-7400 (phone) or 963-5051 (fax).
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