This course considers the development of the West since the 15th Century C.E and its subsequent interaction with the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Americas. In particular, we will examine the effect of European exploration, conquest, and trade in the regions that are on our itinerary. Topics will include the rise and fall of European dominance, the effect of colonization and imperialism on the West (including Western culture) , and the results of the conflicts of the 20th Century on global politics, economics, and culture. We will end the course with a discussion of the problems (and perhaps solutions) for the West in the 21st Century.
Field WorkCountry: Ireland
Trinity College Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition are "must see" items on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. Inside is housed the Book of Kells - a 9th century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world. We will take the tram from the port to Trinity College to take an official student-guided walking tour of the historic campus of Trinity College Dublin which will give us an overview of the history of the College, its architecture, famous graduates, and an introduction to the Old Library and a tour of the Book of Kells exhibition. In the afternoon, we will take a medieval Dublin tour which will focus on Dublin's history from the middle ages through the early modern period. Highlights will be the Black Plague and how it affected Dublin as well as the sites of the public executions which were Dublin's main entertainment in the Middle Ages.