History 1200w
Introduction to the History of Western Civilization: Europe and Its Others

Summer Evenings
May 5th-August 6th
Tuesday-Thursday
7-9:30 pm
406 Tier
Instructor: Robert Penner

VW Date: July 16th

The purpose of this course is to provide you with a very broad overview of Western Civilization. In addition to learning the basic outline of its history, of key events and figures, this course will also help you to think critically about how that story has been told. What are the different ways one can tell the story of the West? Who, or what, gets left out of the story depending how it is told? Which variations do different people prefer? Why?

The lectures, primary source readings, and the text book, will provide you with a straight forward and relatively traditional account of the rise of Western Civilization. They will emphasize political, social and cultural developments within Europe. We will supplement this material with some primary and secondary source material that enriches our understanding of Western Civilization by situating it a more global context. We will spend some time each week discussing how the story of the West was shaped and defined by its interactions with the rest of the world.

15% 3 primary source analyses, 3-5 pages long, each worth 5%
10% 1 10 page book or movie analysis
45% 3 section tests each worth 15%
30% Final exam

Required Text Books:

Kishlamsky, M. et al, A Brief History of Western Civilization. 2007

Class Outline and Weekly Readings

Part I: The Origins of Civilization?

Class 1, Tues. May 5th
What is Civilization?

Video: The Barbarian West (Legacy series)

Class 2, Thurs. May 7th
The Cradle of Civilization

Kishlansky, Chapters 1&2

Primary Source Readings: Selections from Judges and Gilgamesh

Video: Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization (Legacy series)

Class 3, Tues. May 12th
The Classical World: Greece and Rome

Kishlansky, Chapters 3&4

Primary Source Readings: Selections from Thucydides,History of the Peloponnesian War, and Herodotus, The Histories.

Video: Troy : Battlefield of Myth and Truth

Class 4, Thurs. May 14th
Imperial Rome

Kishlansky, Chapter 5

Primary Source Readings: Selections from Caesar, The Gallic Wars, and Tacitus, Germania.

Video: Greece and Rome: 1200 BC – 200 AD (World: A Television History Series)

Class, 5 Tues. May 19th
Late Antiquity: East and West, Part I

Kishlansky, Chapter 6

Primary Source Readings: The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds; Selections from the Gnostic gospels.

Video: The End of the Ancient World: AD 100-600 (World: A Television History Series)

Class 6, Thurs. May 21st
Late Antiquity: East and West, Part II

Kishlansky, Chapter 7

Primary Source Readings: Selections from Augustine,The City of God, and Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Video: The Fall of Rome (Western Tradition Series) or City of God (Europe in the Middle Ages Series)

Class 7, Tues. May 26th
The “Dark” Ages: Part I

Kishlansky, Chapters 8-9

Primary Source Readings: Selections from Fulcher of Chartres, A History of the Expedition to Jerusalem, 1095-1127.

Video: The Name of the Rose

Class 8, Thurs. May 28th
The “Dark” Ages: Part II

Kishlansky, Chapters 10

Primary Source Readings: Selections from the Malleus Maleficarum.

Video: The Name of the Rose

First Primary Source Assignment Due

Class 9, Tues. June 2nd
Section One Test


Part II The Birth of the Europe?

Thurs. June 4th, Class 10
Renaissance

Kishlansky, Chapters 11 and 14

Primary Source Readings: Selections from Machiavelli,Florentine Histories, and Vasari, Lives of the Artists.

Video:

Tues. June 9th,Class 11
Reformation

Kishlansky: Chapters 13 and 15

Primary Source Readings: Luther, Against the Murderous, Thieving Hordes of Peasants, and The Twelve Articles of the Black Forest.

Video:

Thurs. June 11th, Class 12
The Age of Discovery: Old World and New World, Part I

Kishlansky, Chapters 12 and 16

Primary Source Readings: Montaigne, “On Cannibals,” and selections from Rabelais, Pantagruel, and Voltaire, Candide.

Video:

Tues. June 16th, Class 13
The Age of Discovery: Old World and New World, Part II

Kishlansky, Chapters 17 and 18

Primary Source Readings: Christopher Columbus, Letter to the Treasurer of Aragon, and selections from Edmund Spencer, “A View of the PresentState of Ireland,” and Bartolomé de las Casas, A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies.

Video: Mutiny on the Bounty

Thurs. June 18th, Class 14
The Age of Revolutions: Liberty and Slavery. Part I

Kishlansky, Chapters 19 and 20

Primary source Readings: Selections from Toussaint L’Ouverture,Proclamation (1801), Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Women, and selections from William Cobbett, The Political Register.

Video: Mutiny on the Bounty

Tues. June 23rd, Class 15
The Age of Revolutions: Liberty and Slavery. Part II

Kishlansky, Chapter 21

Primary Source Readings: Selections from Burke,Reflections on the Revolution in France, and De Tocqueville, L'Ancien Régime et la Révolution.

Video:

Thurs. June 25th, Class 16
Age of Empires: Civilization and Savagery, Part I

Kishlansky: Chapters 22

Primary Source Readings: Carlyle, “Occasional Discourse on the Nigger Question” and Mill, “The Negro Question.”

Video:

Tues. June 30th, Class 17
Age of Empires: Civilization and Savagery, Part II

Kishlansky: Chapters 23 and 24

Primary Source Readings: Selections from Engels,The Peasant War in Germany, and Von Ranke , The History of the Reformation.

Video:

Thurs. July 2nd, Class 18
Age of Empires: Civilization and Savagery, Part II

Kishlansky: Chapters 25

Primary Source Readings:

Video: Vienna 1900: Art, Architecture & Design

Second Primary Source Assignment Due

Tues. July 7th, Class 19
Section Two Test


Part III The Decline of the West?

Thurs. July 9th, Class 20
The World Wars: Democracy and Fascism, Part I

Kishlansky: Chapters 26

Primary Source Readings: Clips from Fritz Lang, Metropolis, and Leni Reifenstahl, Triumph of the Will.

Video: Part of the Struggle: Art and Politics in the WeimarRepublic

Tues. July 14th, Class 21
The World Wars: Democracy and Fascism, Part II

Kishlansky: Chapter 27

Primary Source Readings: Selections from Spengler’sThe Decline of the West, and Lenin’s Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism

Video:

Thurs. July 16th, Class 22 and Voluntary Withdrawal(VW) Deadline
The World Wars: Democracy and Fascism, Part III

Kishlansky: Chapter 28

Primary Source Readings:

Video:

Tues. July 21st, Class 23
The Cold War: Communism and Capitalism, Part I

Kishlansky: Chapter 29

Primary Source Readings: Selections fromAngela Davis: An Autobiography, Tariq Ali, The Coming British Revolution, and Vaclav Havel, The Power of the Powerless: Citizens Against the State in Eastern Europe .

Video:

Book/Movie Assignment Due

Thurs. July 23rd, Class 24
The Cold War: Communism and Capitalism, Part II

Primary Source Readings:

Video:

Tues. July 28th, Class 25
The Decline of the West?: Decolonization and Neocolonialism, Part I

Primary Source Readings: Selections from Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, Said, Orientalism, and Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.

Video: Battle for Algiers

Thurs. July 30th , Class 26
The Decline of the West?: Decolonization and Neocolonialism, Part II

Kishlansky, Chapter 30

Primary Source Readings: The Frederick Cooper “Globalization,” from Colonialism in Question Huntington, “Clash of Civilizations.”

Video: Battle for Algiers

Third Primary Source Assignment Due

Tues. Aug. 1st, Class 27

Section 3 Test

Thurs. Aug. 3rd, Class 28

Exam Review

Thurs. Aug. 8th,

FINAL EXAM
9:00 am – 12:00 pm