HIS 350L • History of Globalization-W
This upper-division seminar samples some influential ideas of global history considered in the context of contemporary globalization. Globalization became a globalized buzzword in the 1990s. We will therefore consider what was new (and what wasn't) about the 1990s, while also examining the late-19th- century origins of contemporary globalization and considering some of its renaissance and early-modern antecedents. Globalization is defined here in an inclusive sense that highlights global circuits of people, information, products, culture, and capital. This course follows a seminar rather than a lecture format. Class participants will write a series of critical essays and guided research projects on selected aspects of historical and contemporary globalization. Active discussion work and several class presentations are required. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Substantial writing component.