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.
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