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History 104-1: Introduction to the Modern World Spring, 2010 Matthews 210, 10:30-11:20, MWF Professor Mork, office hours 9-10, T, W, Th, and by appointment, UNIV 127. Phone: 49-44138; email [email protected] TAs: Mason Danner (REC 401, phone: 49-61672, [email protected] ) office hours: T, Th, 10-11and by appointment. Chris Snively (REC 420, phone: 49-67475, [email protected]) Office hours: M, F, 11:30-12:30 and by appointment. This course is intended to introduce you to the major themes of modern world history from the age of the Renaissance and Reformation to the present day, and to familiarize you with the art and craft of history. You are required to buy and read the textbook, McKay, Hill, Buckler, A History of Western Society Since 1300 (9th edition), and the novel by George Orwell, 1984 (any edition). Regular attendance will be taken in class; after five absences (excused or unexcused) 1/3 of a letter grade will be deducted from your final grade for each additional absence, unless make-up work is completed. (For make-up work, you must outline the reading assignments for the days you missed.) Grading will be based upon • 6 scheduled quizzes on assigned readings. Quizzes will be True/False, with an explanation (quizzes may not be made up, but there will be an optional 7th quiz and only your best 4 will count). 20% • 1 mid-term test: Multiple Choice and essay questions. 20% • A two-page report of a professional lecture or live performance of historical significance. Options: “Opera Show” 1/30, Jon Meacham (Editor of Newsweek) Sears Lecture 2/9, Holocaust Conference 4/11, afternoon or evening, or 4/12, evening-- 20% (form provided and explained in class). • The final examination, partly on assigned readings (McKay and 1984), lectures and discussions since the mid-term, and partly comprehensive. Essay and multiple choice questions, during exam week, 40%. • The + and – grading system will be used, as explained in class. We do NOT authorize purchasing notes from commercial note-taking services. Basic outlines of each lecture will be available on the class’s Blackboard website. Incompletes are possible, but only in the case of emergencies documented in writing. No plagiarism or other cheating will be tolerated. Learning history means working with historical sources materials, both primary and secondary; it means reading history and writing history. The past is part of us all, and this course will help you to know and to learn from the past. It can be a challenge and a joy. Welcome to History 104!! 1Planned Schedule (please pay attention in class, and read the website, because changes may be announced). Please read all assignments BEFORE each class meeting. January 11: Introduction – The Ancient and Medieval Worlds J 13: Read McKay, Preface, skim chapter 12. Bring both McKay and 1984 to class. J 15: How to do well in this course (practice quiz). J 18: MLK holiday, no class. (What’s in a name? MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr.) J 20: McKay 13. The Renaissance J 22: Quiz 1 on McKay 14. Quiz will be given at the beginning of the class. J 25: The Reformation J 27: McKay 15. Religion and Politics J 29: European and World History [J 30: Saturday evening, “The Opera Show”] F 1: McKay 16. Monarchs and Constitutions F 3: Quiz 2 on McKay 17 F 5: What was so great about Peter, Frederick, and Catherine? F 8: McKay 18. The Scientific Revolution [F 9: Tuesday evening, Jon Meacham, Sears Lecturer] F 10: The Enlightenment F 12: McKay 19. Europeans and the Wider World F 15: McKay 20. Social History (and handout for Mid-term Exam). F 17: McKay 21. The French Revolution F 19: Napoleonic Europe F 22: Review for Mid-term exam F 24: Mid-term Exam (in class) F 26: McKay 22. The Industrial Revolution M 1: McKay 23. Romanticism, Conservatism, Liberalism M 3: Marx, Darwin, and Bismarck M 5: McKay 24. The Modern City M 8: Quiz 3 on McKay 25. M 10: Nations and “Races” M 12: No class, compensating for lecture/performance report Spring Break 2M 22: McKay 26. “New” Imperialism M 24: Quiz 4 on McKay 27. M 26: World War I M 29: The Russian Revolution M 31: Safe for Democracy? M 28: McKay 28. Twentieth Century Cultures. A 5: McKay 29. Totalitarianism (begin reading 1984). A 7: Appeasement and War A 9: Churchill and World War II [Sunday April 11, Holocaust Conference, afternoon or evening] A 12: The Holocaust [Holocaust Conference, evening] A 14: Quiz 5 on 1984 A 16: Orwell and world history A 19: McKay 30. The “Cold War.” [Final deadline for all Performance/Lecture Reports is class time April 21.] A 21: Western Europe and NATO A 23: The Soviet bloc (handout for the final exam) A 26: Quiz 6 on McKay 31 A 28: Review for the final exam. A 30: The Perils of Hegemony. Final Examination given at the time assigned by the administration. Quiz 7 (absolutely optional) can be taken during the exam time slot, after your final exam is completed. Tips for a successful HIST 104 Make the best use of your textbook – it is not only a narrative and analysis of history, it has primary source documents (both textual and visual), bibliographies (and Internet links), mini-biographies of interesting people, study questions, maps, and a wonderful index. On the other hand, the book is not Truth with a big T. It deserves to be read critically, and we will raise questions about its interpretations during the course. One of the points of the novel, 1984, is that those who control “history” control the past, and those who control the past control the future. Please read the textbook assignment BEFORE each lecture. That way you will already be familiar with the facts and figures, and you can ask good questions during class. I will always ask for questions – and I will expect that there will be some goo ones. History is not just “past politics.” It includes all forms of human (and some non-human) activity. The Performance/Lecture Report will get you out into the “great world” as it comes to Purdue, and challenge you to see the links between traditional history, cultural history, and current affairs. 34The multiple choice questions will be based mostly on the assigned readings. Some of them may be tough, and no one is expected to get 100% correct. We use a scaled scoring system which will increase fairness; it will be explained in


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