VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY
GEHI 114
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
Spring 2011

Instructor: Dr. Christina Proenza-Coles
Office: 101-H Colson Hall
Hours: M 2-4 W 2-6 and by appointment
Email: cproenza@vsu.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A topical introduction to the development of civilization up to the eve of the Modern Period, covering the growth of independent cultural traditions and diffusion of ideas, institutions and people.

COURSE MATERIAL:
--This site (www.christinaproenza.org) will always have the latest assignments, required readings, study guides, and study questions. It can be updated frequently. Add it to your browser and visit it regularly.
--The readings not on the website are in Edgar et. al., Civilization Past & Present 12th Edition Volume I to 1650. Available in bookstore.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
1) Students should not make or receive phone calls or text messages during class.

2) There will be four quizzes (see dates below), a midterm exam (Monday March 7) and a final test on the last day of class (Friday April 29). The midterm and final test are each 25% of the course grade. The remaining 50% is determined by attendance, class participation, and the four quizzes. There are no make-up quizzes or exams.

3) Poor attendance (repeated lateness and/or absence) will automatically lower a student's overall course grade. Chronic absence will result in course failure. Students who exhibit cheating in any form with automatically fail the course.

FAILURE TO MEET ONE OR MORE OF THE REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED ABOVE MAY RESULT IN COURSE WITHDRAWAL OR FAILURE

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

 

WEEK 1: Who Makes History? Black History as World History

Fri Jan 14: Introduction

Wed Jan 19: What is history and who decides? Case study: The American Civil War *
--Foner, Eric. “Selective Memory: Review of Race and Reunion by David W. Blight.”
--Proenza-Coles, C. African Americans in the Military from Conflicts in American History.

Fri Jan 21:
--Edgar: Chapter 1: Stone Age Societies and Early Civilizations of the Near East (STUDY GUIDE) (QUESTIONS)

WEEK 2: First Civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Sudan

Mon Jan 24: Ancient Sudanic Civilizations
--Pollard, Lawrence. Sudan's Past Uncovered

Weds Jan 26:
--National Geographic The Black Pharaohs
Photo Gallery

Fri Jan 28:)
--
review


WEEK 3: First Civilizations: China

Mon Jan 31: QUIZ 1 (Chapter 1)

Weds Feb 2: China
--
Edgar: Chapters 2 China to 220 C.E. (STUDY GUIDE) (QUESTIONS)

Fri Feb 4:
--
The Han Dynasty

WEEK 4: First Civilizations: India

Mon Feb 7: India
--Edgar: Chapter 3 India to 300 C.E. (STUDY GUIDE)
--Indus Valley

Weds Feb 9: The Case System: Who Were the Aryans? and India's Untouchables
--Aryan Invasion?
--India's Dalit (Untouchables)

Fri Feb 11: Black Athena (film)
--Edgar: Chapter 4: Greece: Minoan, Mycenaean, Hellenic, & Hellenistic Civilizations, 2000-30 BCE (STUDY GUIDE) (QUESTIONS)


WEEK 5: Classical Greece and Rome

Mon Feb 14:
--Scarupa, Harriet. “Blacks in the Classical World: Snowden's 50-year Search.”
--Keita, M. “Deconstructing the Classical Age: Africa and the Unity of the Mediterranean World.”

Weds Feb 16:
--Brummet: Chapter 5: Roman Civilization (STUDY GUIDE) (QUESTIONS)

Fri Feb 18:
--The Black Romans
--The Paradox of Roman Power

 

WEEK 6: East of Europe: The Byzantine Empire

Mon Feb 21:
--Edgar: Chapter 6: Byzantium and the Orthodox World (Eastern Europe and Russia), 325-1500 (STUDY GUIDE) (QUESTIONS)

Weds Feb 23: QUIZ II (The Ancient World, Chaps. 1-5)

Fri Feb 25: (ROMA & RUSSIAN SERFS)
History of the Roma People
Russian Serfdom

WEEK 7: Europe’s Dark Ages

Mon Feb 28:
--Edgar: Chapter 9: The European Middle Ages, 476- 1348 C.E. (STUDY GUIDE) (QUESTIONS)

Weds Mar 2: A Light in Europe's Darkness: Spain and Portugal
--Islam: Empire of Faith (film)

Fri Mar 4: midterm review

 

WEEK 8:

Mon Mar 7: MIDTERM (STUDY GUIDE)

Weds Mar 9: :
--Islam: Empire of Faith (film)

Fri Mar 11:

 

WEEK 9: Rise of Islamic Civilization

Mon Mar 21:
--Edgar: Chapter 7: Islam from Its Origins to 1300 (STUDY GUIDE) (QUESTIONS)

Weds Mar 23:
--Eaton, Richard. “Islamic History as Global History.”E-Reserves

Fri Mar 25:
--African States- Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Great Zimbabwe
--Bennet, Lerone, Jr. Before the Mayflower. E-Reserves


WEEK 10: African States

Mon Mar 28:
--Edgar: Chapter 8: African Beginnings: African Civlizations to 1500 (STUDY GUIDE)

Weds Mar 30:
--Van Sertima, Ivan."The Lost Sciences of Africa: An Overview," Blacks in Science: Ancient and Modern.

Fri Apr 1:
--Van Sertima, Ivan, They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America E-Reserves
--BBC News “Africa’s Greatest Explorer

 

WEEK 11: Precolumbian American Civilizations: Mesoamerica and Peru

Mon Apr 4:
--Edgar: Chapter 11: The Americas to 1492 (STUDY GUIDE)
--Civilizations in America WEB (follow links from Olmecs to Incas)

Weds Apr 6: QUIZ III (Islam Africa and the Americas: Chaps. 7, 8,11) (STUDY QUESTIONS)

Fri Apr 8:
--Abu-Lughod, Janet. “The World System in the Thirteenth Century: Dead-End or Precursor?”(SYNOPSIS)
--Marco Polo website

 

WEEK 12: The Mongolian Empire

Mon Apr 11:
--Edgar: Chapter 10: Culture, Power, & Trade in the Era of Asian Hegemony (STUDY GUIDE)(QUESTIONS)

Weds Apr 13: Marco Polo Film

Fri Apr 15:
--Edgar: Chapter 12: The Islamic Gunpowder Empires (STUDY GUIDE)

 

WEEK 13: The Ottoman Empire

Mon Apr 18:
--McNeill, William. “The Age of Gunpowder Empires.”E-Reserves

--Book Reviw of Islam’s Black Slaves by Ronald Segal

Weds Apr 20: QUIZ IV (Empires of the East: Mongols, Ottomans, etc, Chaps.10 &12) (STUDY GUIDE) Time Frames


Fri Apr 22: CLASS CANCELLED
--Edgar: Chapter 14: The Renaissance, 1300-1600 (STUDY GUIDE)
--Alessandro de Medici The Medici: Bankers, Patron, Popes

 

WEEK 14: The European Renaissance, the Protestant Reformtion, and the Rise of the Modern World

Mon Apr 25:
--Edgar: Chapter 15: The Reformation (STUDY GUIDE)
--The Great Awakening

--Weds Apr 27:
--Proenza-Coles, C. The Rise of the Modern World.


--Fri Apr 29:
FINAL TEST (STUDY GUIDE)