HIST 120‐001 Imperialism and Revolution Fall 2008 T & F 3:35 ‐ 4:50pm, Ward 6 Dr. Mustafa Aksakal Department of History Office: Battelle‐Tompkins 153 Office Hours: Mon 1‐4pm, Thurs 9am‐12pm Email: [email protected] Phone: (202) 885‐2412 TA: Mr Thomas Pedrick (Class of 2011) Email: [email protected] HIST120: Imperialism and Revolution is one of five Foundation Courses in Curricular Area 3, Global and Multicultural Perspectives, in the university's General Education Program. This course is part of a course cluster which must be followed in sequence by an appropriate second level‐course in the same cluster. Students who take Imperialism and Revolution may complete Cluster 1 in the Area by taking one of the following second‐level courses: COMM‐280 Contemporary Media in a Global Society EDU‐285 Education for International Development GOVT‐235 Dynamics of Political Change HIST‐225 Russia: Past and Present IBUS‐200 The Global Marketplace LFS‐200 Russia and the United States SIS‐215 Competition in an Interdependent World SIS‐220 Confronting Our Differences/Discovering Our Similarities: Conflict Resolution SIS‐255 China, Japan and the United States SOCY‐225 Contemporary Arab World COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is about the making of the modern world ‐‐ the formation of a global economic system defined by industrial capitalism, the organization of the world’s populations into nations and nation‐states, and the deepening social, economic, and political interconnections between the various regions of the world we have come to call globalization. *Last day to drop this course without a “W”: Mon, Sep.8 *Last day to drop this course with a “W”: Fri, Oct.24 1
GRADED ASSIGNMENTS 1.
In‐class Essay – 15%, Fri, Sep.26 2.
Midterm Exam – 20%, Tues, Oct.14 3.
Term Paper – 25%, Tues, Dec.2 4.
Final Exam – 25%, Fri, Dec.12, 2:10‐4:40pm 5.
Class preparation – 15% i. Participation ii. Attendance In‐class Essay: At the end of Week 5, Friday, Sep.26, we will have an in‐class essay (70 min.) covering our readings down to that point. I will pose specific questions about the readings and will be looking for an analysis of this material, not description. You will be expected to know the arguments of the various authors we have discussed and the historical evidence they have employed to support their arguments. We will talk more about the nature of this essay in class and you will have the opportunity to ask for tips in preparing for it. If you cannot take the exam at the scheduled time you must notify me beforehand. Exams: There will be a midterm and a final exam. These will consist of identification questions, short‐answer, and essay questions drawing on assigned readings. A make‐up exam will be offered only under exceptional circumstances (which do not include “prior travel arrangements”). Term Paper: Build a clear, convincing argument supported by historical evidence. Utilize the writing conventions practiced by professional historians, including the citing of sources through the use of footnotes. I will furnish detailed instructions as to how this works, via blackboard and in class. Your paper must be between 1900 and 2000 words in lengths; include a title page and a bibliography page, and follow the instructions posted on our blackboard site. If you have any questions or difficulties, please see me right away. The key to a good paper is to start early! You may also wish to draw on the services offered by the Writing Center (Battelle‐Tompkins 228) and the Library. When footnoting, follow the Chicago Style for the humanities (“Notes‐
Bibliography Style”) as shown in Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. Seventh Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. ISBN‐13: 978‐0226823379. $12 You can also find these footnoting conventions, in abbreviated form, at the following Web site: http://library.osu.edu/sites/guides/chicagonotesgd.php Focus your paper on the following set of questions: To what extent can globalization be characterized as a “continuation of imperialism”? To what extent can globalization be characterized as having originated in the “West” and thus as a form of “Westernization”? To what extent is post‐colonialism a condition of globalization? Follow the assignment instructions and writing tips posted on Blackboard. Participation and attendance: I will do everything in my power to help you learn. However, how much you learn in this class (and how successful you will be in terms of your final grade) depends largely on you and the amount of work and time you will commit to it. The better prepared you are for each class meeting, the more you will get out of this course. Good preparation means completing the assigned readings and taking notes on them: what questions 2
do the readings answer? What conclusions can we draw, based on what evidence? What questions do the readings leave unanswered? In class, take notes, participate in discussion, and ask questions. Absences will affect your final grade. I assume that any class you miss will be because of an illness or an emergency. Six or more absences, for whatever reason, will result in an F‐grade for the course. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class, please arrive on time. Always have the day’s reading handy during class! ACADEMIC DISHONESTY I take plagiarism and academic dishonesty very seriously, and I am required to report cases to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, whose policy is to fail students for the course. Please read the university's Academic Integrity Code closely, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions. The code is available online at http://www.american.edu/academics/integrity/index.htm. In writing papers, you must properly cite all sources (1) directly quoted, (2) paraphrased, or (3) consulted in any fashion. Sources include all printed material as well as the Internet. Proper citation means using a standard citation format; for this course: Chicago Style for Humanities (Notes‐Bibliography Style). See Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition (ISBN above) or an online guide, such as The Ohio State University’s at http://library.osu.edu/sites/guides/chicagogd.php It is also considered plagiarism if you merely rework source material, placing an author's thoughts in other words without contributing your own ideas. For that reason, you must include some kind of source note whenever drawing on someone else's interpretation. A source note can be a sentence or more in your paper, or it can be a footnote. A source note should clarify the extent to which your interpretation is indebted to your source, explaining both (1) what you use and (2) where you depart or differ from the source. It is also considered plagiarism to submit drafts, papers, and other assignments without properly citing sources and acknowledging intellectual debts. Failure for the course is the typical sanction in such cases. You must receive prior permission from me if you want to submit a paper or part of a paper that you have written for a previous class. I expect all work that you do to be your own work. Consulting with and sharing answers with other students without so acknowledging violates the Academic Integrity Code. 3
GRADING 96– 100 = A 90 – 95 = A‐ 88 – 89 = B+ 83‐ 87 = B 80 – 82 = B‐ 78 – 79 = C+ 73 – 77 = C 70 – 72 = C‐ 65 – 69 = D <65 = F WHAT DO THE GRADES MEAN? A range: mastery of the subject matter: demonstrates control over the major issues, formulates arguments supported by rich body of evidence, refers freely to the main themes and events, integrates discussion of historical interpretation and historiography, meets all deadlines for reading and writing assignments and shows strong attendance B range: solid grasp of the subject matter: able to refer freely to major themes and to formulate arguments based on detailed evidence, with some original observation of the material, problems of interpretation, and historiography, meets all deadlines for reading and writing assignments and shows strong attendance C range: basic grasp of the subject matter: able to summarize and repeat the main points of readings and lectures, able to formulate arguments based on general observations supported by factual evidence, misses three or more class sessions D‐F range: poor grasp of the subject matter: unable to discuss the main points of readings and lectures, unsteady class attendance CLASS POLICIES Accommodation: Please meet with me during the first week of classes if you require disability accommodation. The Department of Disability Services for Students will issue appropriate documentation prior to adjustment of any academic work. Late Assignments and extensions: Assignments handed in past the time they are due will be lowered by 8 points for each twenty four hour period they are late. I will grant extensions under exceptional circumstances only. Please contact me immediately if you think you will require an extension. Professionalism: All of us in the classroom are entitled to a learning environment free of disturbance. Arrive before class allowing enough time to settle into your seat and leave only once class has ended. Turn off and put away cell phones; do not monitor your cell phone for 4
incoming calls or messages. In other words, maintain a behavior that is considerate of your fellow students and that contributes to our ability to learn and exchange ideas. SUPPORT There a number of important sources of support available to you on campus. If you think you would benefit from these services, schedule an appointment: they are here for you! The Academic Support Center (x3360, MGC 243) offers study skills workshops, individual instruction, tutor referrals, and services for students with learning disabilities and ADHD. The Counseling Center (x3500, MGC 214) offers counseling and consultations regarding personal concerns, self‐help information, and connections to off‐campus mental health resources. Disability Support Services (x3315, MGC 206) offers technical and practical support and assistance with accommodations for students with physical, medical, or psychological disabilities. If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please notify me at the beginning of the semester with a letter from the Academic Support Center or Disability Support Services so that we can make appropriate arrangements. The Writing Center (x2991, Battelle 228) provides expert help; tutors will assist with the organization, grammar, and style of your paper. They will also assist you in citing sources using Chicago Style. BLACKBOARD Visit our Blackboard pages regularly for assignments, instructions, and announcements, including changes to the syllabus. Go to https://blackboard.american.edu REQUIRED TEXTS (1) Kwame Anthony Appiah. Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. Norton, 2006. Paperback ISBN: 978‐0‐393‐32933‐9 pbk. (2) Barbara Bush. Imperialism and Postcolonialism. Pearson, 2006. Paperback ISBN: 978‐0‐
582‐50583‐4 pbk. (3) Robert B. Marks. The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty‐first Century. Second Edition. Rowman Littlefield, 2007. ISBN: 978‐0‐7425‐5419‐1 pbk. (4) Amartya Sen. Identity and violence: the illusion of destiny. Norton, 2006. Paperback ISBN: 978‐0‐393‐32929‐1 pbk. (5) Additional readings via https://blackboard.american.edu These books are available for purchase in the AU Campus Store and for two‐hour loan at the Bender Library reserves window. 5
COURSE OUTLINE Readings should be completed for the day with which they are listed. I will announce changes to this schedule as necessary. WEEK ONE: Introduction to the Course 1 Tuesday, Aug.26 *Syllabus 2 Friday, Aug. 29 *Marylin Robinson Waldman, “The Meandering Mainstream: Reimagining World History,” pp.87‐97, Blackboard, pdf *William O. Swinton, “Outlines of General History,” pp.16‐17, Blackboard, pdf *Jacob Neusner, “It is time to stop apologizing for Western Civilization and to start analyzing why it defines world culture,” pp.104‐6, Blackboad, pdf *Donald Kagan, “Why we should study Western Civilization,” pp.51‐57, Blackboad, pdf. WEEK TWO: Westernization or Southernization? 3 Tuesday, Sep.2 *Marks, “The Rise of the West,” pp. ix‐14, and 1‐19 *Peter Burke, “Did Europe Exist before 1700?” excerpt, Blackboard, pdf *Martin Lewis and Karen Wigen, The Myth of Continents, Blackboard, pdf 4 Friday, Sep.5 *Marks, “The Material and Trading Worlds, circa 1400,” pp.21‐42 *Shaffer, “Southernization,” pp.1‐21, Blackboard, pdf WEEK THREE: A first wave of globalization? 5 Tuesday, Sep.9 *Marks, “Starting with China,” pp.43‐66 6 Friday, Sep.12 *Marks, “Empires, States, and the New World,” pp.67‐94 WEEK FOUR: Divergence 7 Tuesday, Sep.16 *Marks, “The Industrial Revolution and Its Consequences,” pp.95‐121 8 Friday, Sep.19 *Marks, “The Gap,” pp.123‐54 6
WEEK FIVE: In‐class Essay 9 Tuesday, Sep.23 *Marks, “The Great Departure,” pp.155‐207 10 Friday, Sep.26 *In‐class Essay, 70 mins. WEEK SIX: How many cheers for colonialism? 11 Tuesday, Sep.30 – *Dror Zeevi, “Back to Napoleon? Thoughts on the Beginning of the Modern Era in the Middle East,” 73‐94, via Library electronic journals database, *Dinesh D’Souza, “Three Cheers for Colonialism,” Blackboard, pdf *“Niall Ferguson, “Welcome the New Imperialism,” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2001/oct/31/afghanistan.terrorism7 12 Friday, Oct.3 *Appiah, Cosmpolitanism, pp.xi‐85 WEEK SEVEN: Cosmopolitanism 13 Tuesday, Oct.7 *Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, pp.87‐176 14 Friday, Oct.10 *Review WEEK EIGHT: MIDTERM EXAM 15 Tuesday, Oct.14 *Midterm Exam Oct.17: fall break: no class today WEEK NINE: Untangling imperialism 16 Tuesday, Oct.21 *Bush, pp.1‐42 17 Friday, Oct.24 WEEK TEN: Untangling imperialism some more 18 Tuesday, Oct.28 *Bush, pp.43‐76 7
19 Friday, Oct.31 *No class today
WEEK ELEVEN: Imperialism, modernity, and culture 20 Tuesday, Nov.4 *Bush, pp.77‐114 21 Friday, Nov.7 *Bush, pp.115‐45 WEEK TWELVE: Ethnicity and violence 22 Tuesday, Nov.11 *Sen, Identity and Violence, pp.xi‐83 23 Friday, Nov.14 *Sen, Identity and Violence, pp.84‐186 WEEK THIRTEEN: Representing empire 24 Tuesday, Nov.18 *Bush, pp.146‐86 25 Friday, Nov.21 WEEK FOURTEEN: Imperialism or globalization? 26 Tuesday, Nov.25 * Bush, pp.187‐215 Friday, Nov.28 – Thanksgiving break: no class today WEEK FIFTEEN: Final Thoughts 27 Tuesday, Dec.2 Final Paper due 28 Friday, Dec.5 Review FINAL EXAM: Friday, Dec.12, 2:10‐4:40pm 8