The so-called Columbian Age, ushered in by the explorations and conquests of Europeans such as Christopher Columbus and others from Portugal, Spain and northwestern Europe, is still heavily influencing global relations and affairs today. This course will begin with an examination of Portuguese and Spanish exploration, looking at the causes and consequences of each in their similarities and differences. It will move to an analysis of the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment and how these served to create a wedge between Western Europe and most other global regions, leading to east-west as well as north-south tensions. The industrial revolution will be considered in terms of its causes and effects on peasants, workers, and specifically women. As the voyage progresses around Africa and into the Indian Ocean and East Asia, the course will identify major geographic and historical issues specific to these countries. Colonial and anti-colonial movements will be explored as well as factors leading to the two devastating world wars of the early 20th century. This course will conclude by analyzing major developments in the second half of the 20th century, including the Cold War, and major threats and opportunities in the 21st century just beginning.
Field ClassCountry: India
Date: October 25, 2017
We will visit the Gandhi Trust and learn about the continuing influence of this well-known world leader on the country of his origin. Following lunch we will visit a local village and a local cooperative which will complement the presentation at the Gandhi Trust by demonstrating how NGOs and others are trying to implement changes that seek to benefit the local citizens financially and culturally. The lunch will be held in a local cooperative restaurant followed by a discussion with a local expert on cooperative ventures in this area.
1. To appreciate the life and message of Mohandas Gandhi as interpreted by his Indian followers.
2. To further understand the role of NGOs in assisting in the development of rural regions of India.
3. To help determine the value of self-help and non-violence in the contemporary developing world.