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, the cultures of Asia, Africa and the Americas. In particular, we will examine the effect of European exploration, New World on the other global regions, 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: Russia
Day: 4 - St. Petersburg - Sunday 1, September
We will visit several of the more important political sites in St. Petersburg, beginning with a visit to the Museum of Political History, located in a building that was the headquarters for the Bolshevik revolutionaries in the early stages of the Russian Revolution. This museum contains half a million artifacts, documents, posters, videos, and banners from the reign of Catherine the Great in the late 18th century until the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991. Afterward, students will have a choice of one of several exhibitions to visit in the nearby Peter and Paul Fortress which dominates the center of St. Petersburg on the site of the city’s founding. These trips will enhance our understanding of the much-neglected history of modern Russia, particularly the rise and fall of Communism. Academic Objectives:
- Learn about Russian history, particularly during the Revolution and aftermath of 1917
- Be aware of the contrasts between what the Soviets were trying to improve, and what actually happened.
- Understand the uses of propaganda for political purposes