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European Imperialism I

HIST 221
Spring 2008 not offered
Certificates: International Relations
Course Cluster: African Studies, Southern Asia Studies

This course surveys Europe's interaction with the peoples, lands, and resources beyond its borders from ca. 1450 to ca. 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 that 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.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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