History Department
History Department

William Kramer



Early Modern Ireland, Early Modern Religious History, Early Modern Britain and Scotland, The European Witch-Hunts



HIS 301F • Premodern World

38950 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM JGB 2.218
(also listed as AHC 310)

“Premodern World” is a lower-division, lecture course that provides an overview of global development from roughly 30,000 BCE to 1500 CE. It introduces students to the main political, social, and cultural trends in a variety of societies while at the same time stressing the global perspective. Considerable emphasis is thus paid to comparative history and the study of cross-cultural encounters. This entry-level course aims to teach historical thinking as well as historical content, impart a basic grasp of the premodern past, and  stimulate the development of large-scale frameworks for historical analysis.

Texts (provisional):

-- Robert W. Strayer, Ways of the World, A Brief Global History with Sources

                                                                        Vol.1: To 1500, Bedford/ St. Martins.

-- Neil MacGregor, A History of the World in 100 Objects, Viking Press.

-- numerous essays and book chapters provided on course website


Exams (3 x 25% each) = 75%; reading worksheets (4 x 5% each) = 20%; attendance & participation = 5%.

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