Year one of this two-year World History covers political, social, and economic developments in all parts of the world, beginning with the prehistorical development of tools and agriculture, and examining in turn the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, India, and China before looking at the classical world of Greece and Rome, the rise of Islam and Byzantium, and pre-Columbian cultures in the Americas. Later chapters look at African kingdoms and cultures, the medieval dynasties of Japan and China, and the rise of Mongol tribes in Asia before returning to medieval and Renaissance Europe, the age of European exploration, and the establishment of absolute and constitutional monarchies.
Lectures and readings provide students with a solid grounding in the key names, dates, civilizations, and movements of world history, while seminar-type live chat discussions help students develop the tools of historiography and explore unifying thems on use of resources, the establishment of communities, and the expression of power across time periods and geographical boundaries.
Dr. Christe McMenomy and Mrs. Ada Pimentel provide different interpretations of key movements and events, helping students develop their own interpretations of history.
Course Website: World History I
Instructor: Christe McMenomy
Starts: August 31, 2020
Ends: June 11, 2021
Monday 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET • Wednesday 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM ET
Textbooks and Materials
This textbook is required:Patterns of World History, Volume I: To 1600 with Sources [Edition 3], Authors: Peter Von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers, and George B. Snow
Publisher's website: Patterns of World History, Volume I: To 1600 with Sources
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: No earlier editions or other versions, please. Be sure to purchase the version with sources, not the brief version. Used copies of the third edition with sources version are entirely acceptable, however, and are available at a substantial reduction in price. Renting the book from Amazon.com or purchasing it as an e-book is also possible through VitalSource (https://www.vitalsource.com/products/patterns-of-world-history-peter-von-sivers-charles-a-v9780190697341). If you rent the textbook, be sure to choose a period long enough to cover our course, which ends in June!