Introduction1. Out of Africa - Out of the Ice2. Out of the Mud: Farming and Herding After the Ice Age3. The Great River Valleys4. A Succession of Civilizations
5. Rebuilding the World6. The Great Schools7. The Great Empires
8. Postimperial Worlds: Eurasia and Africa 200-700.9. The Rise of World Religions: Christianity, Islam and Buddhism10. Remaking the World: Innovation in the Late First Millenium11. Contending with Isolation: ca1000-1200
12. The Nomadic Frontiers: The Islam World, Byzantium and China ca, 1000-120013. The World the Mongols Made14, THe Revenge of Nature: Plague, Cold and Limits of Disaster15. Expanding Worlds: Recovery in the Late 14th and 15th centuries
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Download Google earth

Please Download Google Earth and use it to locate the water bodies, geographic features and areas for you map quiz. It should only take half an hour or so to get familiar with the software and it is a lot of fun. Check out - the different functions under borders and labels to locate water bodies and geographic features, use search if you do not know at all where something is, the map quiz on Feb 10th will use Google Earth.

Here are the items you should locate:

Water Bodies: Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Red Sea, Caribbean Sea, Caspian Sea, Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, Baltic Sea, Irish Sea, North Sea, East China Sea, South China Sea, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Mexico, A Adriatic Sea, Arctic Ocean.

Rivers: Indus, Ganges, Yellow, Yangzi, Mekong, Niger, Nile, Missippi, Amazon, Orinoco, Niger, Nile, Danube.

Mountain Ranges: Andes, Rocky Mountains, Himalayas, Appalachians, Alps, Zagros Mountains, Hindu Kush.

Deserts: Sahara, Kalahari, Sahara, Syrian, Thar, Gobi.

Some places: Mongolia, Siberia, Anatolia, Iberia, Scandinavia, Greenland, Iceland, Madagascar, Yucatan Peninsula, Levant, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia.


    Required Textbook

    Your first reading is due on January 24th - if you do not have the textbook arrange to photocopy out of someone else's book.

    Cover Art
    Exhanges Vol 1 - Trevor Getz
    ISBN: 0321355083


    32 ancient cities in 7 minutes

    A cheesy pick-me-up sound track and watch out for the penises around minutes 2.40-2.55 - just shut your eyes for that bit!


    Schedule of Classes and Readings


    Note all readings must be done BEFORE class. For a reading from Armesto you will have a quiz, and for readings from Exchanges you must fill in the relevant parts of your work.  You will only be allowed to make up missed work if you have a legitimate and documented reason for not being in class or for missing assignment.



    Note all readings must be done BEFORE class. For a reading from Armesto you will have a quiz, and for readings from Exchanges you must fill in the relevant parts of your work.  You will only be allowed to make up missed work if you have a legitimate and documented reason for not being in class or for missing assignment.

    Jan 20              Introduction


    Part One: Interrogating the Origins and Development of Civilizations and City-State Societies (c.10,000BCE- 600 BCE

    Jan 24              Lecture: Out of the Ice: Peopling the Earth

    Read Exchanges Introduction pp.1-18

    Question: Consider the several different definitions of the word civilization as given by Braudel and Huntington, as well as the criticisms made by Diop and Frank. To what extent is the term a useful one? What are its limitations?


    Jan 27              Read Part One Intro pp. 19-23 (with close attention to Map and Timeline) and Chapter One Exchanges: Interrogating the Origins and Development of Civilization and City-State Societies

                           Question: What is the connection between the physical environment and history?

    Jan 31              Lecture: Out of the Mud: Farming and Herding After the Ice Age

                           Read Chapter Two Exchanges: The Origins of Agriculture and Civilization

    Question: How do various cultures remember the origins of agriculture? What does that tell us about their respective cultures and environments? 

    Feb 3               Lecture: The Great River Valleys: Accelerating Changes and Developing States 

    Feb 7               Read Chapter Three Exchanges: The City: Its Origins and Nature

    Question: What is the connection between cultivation and urbanization? What were the characteristics of early cities and how were they run? (Note this may be different in different cases).

    Feb 10             Lecture: A Succession of Civilizations: Ambition and Instability

    MAP QUIZ - major oceans and seas, rivers, mountain ranges, deserts - see box to the left to download google earth.

    Feb 14            ----

    THURSDAY 16th February Common Hour DAC 407


    Dr. Alfred J. Andrea. Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont.

    Feb 17            Read Chapter Four Exchanges: Consolidation and Fragmentation of Power: The Urban Context

    Question: Why do independent city-states arise in some areas and larger consolidated states grow in others? What is the real difference for the inhabitants of each?

    Feb 21             Lecture: Rebuilding the World: Recoveries, New Initiatives, and Their Limits.

    Feb 24             Read Chapter Five Exchanges: Order and Chaos and Conclusion to Part One

    Question: What were the major threats to stability and safety in ancient cities and states and what measures were taken in different areas to overcome these threats?

                EXTRA CREDIT: Reflection on Dr. Andrea’s Talk Due


    Mar 6             FIRST EXAM

    Introductory Lecture for Part Two: The Great Schools.

    Part Two: Transition and Transformation: From Islands of Culture to Regional “World Systems” (600 B.C.E. – 300 C.E.)


    Mar 9             Read Introduction to Part Two pp.107-111 (Including close attention to Map and Timeline) Chapter Six Exchanges: Ancient Religions: Cosmology, Cosmogony, and Right Ritual

                            Question: Why was religion so important to ancient peoples and rulers? What are the connections between religion and political order and between religion and society?

    Mar 13               Read Chapter Seven Exchanges: The Axial Age: New Reflections on Society, Religion and Knowledge.  

    Question: Why did certain areas (Greece, China, Israel, India and arguably Mesoamerica) experience an Axial Age, when others areas (Egypt, Mesopotamia) did not? 

    Mar 20          Read Chapter Eight Exchanges: The New Politics and Culture – The Consequences of the New Vision

    Question: Comparing the Indian, Chinese and Roman Empires what allowed larger political systems to grow, and why was the Greeks ability to do the same limited?


    Mar 23            Read Chapter Nine Exchanges: Carriers of Exchange  

    Question: What is the role of the movement of people – either in very small groups, or as traders, or in armies, or in vast migrations – in cultural, social and political change?

    Part Three: The Transformation and Rebirth of World Systems (c.200B.C.E-1000 C.E.) 

    Mar 27             SECOND EXAM

    Read Introduction to Part Three pp.203-206 (paying close attention to Map and Timeline) Chapter Ten Exchanges: The Fall of Empires  

    For extra Credit you can answer and hand in:  Question: What different factors can cause imperial decline?

    Mar 30             Read Chapter Eleven Exchanges: Migrations of the First Millennium

                            Question: Were barbarian invasion a cause or a side effect of imperial decline? 

    Apr 3             Read Chapter Twelve Exchanges: The Heirs of Empires: Rebuilding the

    State System 

    Question: How did the heirs of empires use the old imperial institutions, practices, and ideas to advance their own state making? Why was fragmentation so common after the collapse of an empire?

    Apr 10               Lecture: Contending with Isolation: ca. 1000-1200CE 

    AND Read Chapter Thirteen Exchanges: The Diffusion of Culture.

    Question: How do local conditions affect whether an innovation is adopted or not? Do religions, languages, ideas, technologies and other cultural elements diffuse in the same way?


    Apr 13             THIRD EXAM:

    Introductory Lecture for Part Four: The Nomadic Frontiers: The Islamic World, Byzantium, and China ca.1000-1200 CE


    Part Four: The Medieval World System, 1000-1500CE


    Apr17              Read Introduction to Part Four, pp.279-284 (pay close attention to timeline and maps) Chapter Fourteen Exchanges: Global Trade Networks

    Question: How did global trade networks develop differently in different places? What roles could geography, religion, empire-building and tribute systems play in the development of trade networks?

    Apr 20             Lecture: The World the Mongols Made

                            And Read Chapter Fifteen Exchanges: Exploration and Conquest

    Question: What is the relation between religion and war, and what is the role of war in making connections and establishing exchanges between people?

    Apr 24             Lecture: The Revenge of Nature: Plague, Cold and the Limits of Disaster in the

     Fourteenth Century  

    AND Read Chapter Fifteen Exchanges: Exchanges of Inventions, Ideas and


    Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of rapid communications? Is the diffusion of ideas different from the diffusion of diseases? Do societies “adapt” rather than “adopt” innovations from their neighbors?


    Apr 27             Lecture: Expanding Worlds: Recovery in the Late Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries

    AND Read Chapter Seventeen Exchanges: Exchanges and Perceptions of the



    AND Read Chapter Eighteen Exchanges: Bridging the Divide in World History

    Question: How do historical sources tell us about both the observer and the observed?



    May2-8            FINAL EXAM WEEK – FOURTH EXAM


    Expected Student Behavior

    Expected Student Behavior

    ·         I understand that there is an expectation in New York State that 2-3 hours of homework will be assigned each week per credit hour. (6-9 hours per 3 credit course).

    ·         I understand that I need to treat my professor, academic and administrative staff, and my classmates with respect and courtesy.

    ·         I understand the importance of conducting myself in a professional manner in the classroom, this includes refraining from texting, using a computer for anything other than class work, e.g., facebook, sleeping and chatting. Furthermore, I understand that if I participate or persist in these distracting and disrespectful activities I may be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of the session.

    ·         I understand that poor levels of class or group participation may negatively impact my grade.

    ·         I understand that very good levels of class or group participation may positively impact my grade.

    ·         I understand that bathroom breaks are not excuses to text.

    ·         I understand that deadlines are not negotiable and that late work will only be accepted with a documented excuse that is acceptable to the professor.

    ·         I understand that it is my responsibility to know what assignments are due when and to do them in a timely fashion.

    ·         I understand that when e-mailing my professor I should include my class and section number and write in a clear and professional manner.

    ·         I understand that I must make every effort to arrive at my class punctually; if I should happen to be unavoidably late, I will enter the classroom with as little distraction as possible and, at the end of the class, apologize to my professor and explain my tardiness.

    ·         I understand that if I have to miss a class for some unavoidable reason I should e-mail my professor before class if at all possible, otherwise as soon as possible after class. Furthermore, missing more than two classes per semester may negatively impact my grade. Documented proof of an unavoidable absence should be photocopied and submitted to my professor as soon as possible after the absence, preferably at the next attendance.

    ·         I understand that academic dishonesty in unacceptable and that all instances of cheating or plagiarizing will result in an “F” grade  and that I will be reported to the Dean, who will enter a note in my permanent record.

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