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GEOG 13 — The Making of the Early Modern World: Global History and Geography, 1200–1800

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 19
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 18
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $550
Instructor(s): Martin Lewis
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 16—Mar 19
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 18
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Martin Lewis
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This course uses a geographical perspective to trace the development of the interconnected world system from roughly 1200 to the dawn of the industrial era, circa 1800. Political, economic, and cultural developments will be examined, as will relations between human societies and the natural environment. The course will aim for global coverage, paying particular attention to emerging long-distance connections between different parts of the world. Lectures will be richly illustrated with maps, historical paintings and other depictions of the past, and modern photographs of the areas under consideration. Topics to be covered include the Mongol Empire; the bubonic plague; the pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas; Portuguese and Spanish naval expeditions and imperial conquests; early modern Asian empires; the development of states and empires in Africa; global environmental change and the “Little Ice Age”; the globalization of key crops and commodities; the slavery systems of the Atlantic and Indian oceans; the British, Dutch, and French mercantile empires; the spread of Islam, Christianity, and other world religions; and the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. We will pay close attention both to the extent of globalization during this period and to local resistance against globalizing forces.

Senior Lecturer in International History, Emeritus, Stanford

Martin Lewis is the author or co-author of five books, including The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography, Globalization and Diversity: Geography of a Changing World, and the world geography textbook Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development. He received a PhD in geography from UC Berkeley. He is the former associate editor of the Geographical Review. Lewis taught at George Washington University and at Duke, where he was co-director of the program in comparative area studies, before coming to Stanford in 2002. He writes on current events and issues of global geography and at GeoCurrents.info.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Charles C. Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Cretaed (ISBN 978-0307278241)