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HIST102: Early Globalizations - East Meets West (1200s-1600s)

Unit 1: Globalization and History   The resources in this short, introductory section will discuss some of the meanings and developments associated with the term globalization and the manner in which they have been used by historians to account for changes in the lives of peoples throughout the world over time. One of the major insights to be gained from these resources is that the cultural and political practices (laws, languages, religions, etc.) of any given society tend in some measure to reflect the effects of interactions with the larger world, whether brought about by migration, trade or conquest.  Students should keep the concepts found here in mind as they progress through the course.  The following units will in fact present numerous examples of the diverse forms of encounter and “interconnectedness” described in the resources below, as well as their many causes and consequences.

Unit 1 Time Advisory
Time Advisory: Completing this unit should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to: - identify some of the ideas commonly associated with the concept of globalization; and - recognize and more thoroughly assess the manner in which these ideas are used by historians to account for changes in the various states, societies, and cultures examined in       the resources below.

1.1 Globalization: Meanings and Historical Contexts   - Lecture: YouTube: Professor David Northrup’s “The Worlds of Marco Polo: Towards a History of Globalization” Link: YouTube: Professor David Northrup’s “The Worlds of Marco Polo: Towards a History of Globalization” (YouTube)

 Instructions: Watch this short video on Marco Polo, a figure who
will surface again later in the course. Give particular attention to
the manner in which Professor Northrup uses Polo’s life and
experiences to illustrate some of the general concepts and
implications of globalization. These subjects are addressed again in
the following two readings.  

 Watching this video and taking notes should take approximately 5
minutes.   
         
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  • Reading: University of Pennsylvania: Professor David Ludden’s “A Quick Guide to the World History of Globalization” Link: University of Pennsylvania: Professor David Ludden’s “A Quick Guide to the World History of Globalization” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Read this article. Consider Professor Ludden's argument that globalization has changed over time. As you will find, several of the events that Ludden calls “landmarks in the history of globalization” are covered in our course.
     
    Reading this article should take approximately 30 minutes.

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  • Web Media: Yale Center for the Study of Globalization: Professor Nayan Chanda’s “Globalization in the Mirror of History” Link: Yale Center for the Study of Globalization: Professor Nayan Chanda’s “Globalization in the Mirror of History” (Adobe Flash)
     
    Instructions: Click on Part One of “Globalization in the Mirror of History” by Professor Chanda and watch the entire presentation. This resource offers some additional insights into the ideas associated with the term globalization as well as a collection of images that may prove helpful in visualizing the concepts introduced and discussed throughout the unit.

    Watching this presentation and taking notes should take approximately 30 minutes.

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Subunit 1.1 Assessment   - Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 1 Essay: Globalization” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 1 Essay: Globalization” (HTML)

 Instructions: This is an ungraded activity. If you choose to
complete the activity, you may record your answer anywhere you like.
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to do so --  this will only take a minute, and you may do
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-   Unit 1 provides an overview of the meanings associated with the
    term globalization.  In describing this concept the authors of
    our resources often refer to forms of cultural blending and
    “interconnectedness.”  Using examples found in the resources,
    please identify several of the ways in which this can occur. 
    Again, illustrate your answer with references to specific events
    discussed in the unit assignments and their effects.  

     Tips for getting started:  This question asks you to consider
    the different forms of interaction between states and peoples
    that have taken place throughout history.  As indicated in the
    unit assignments, these interactions involve a range of
    encounters and exchanges in the political, social, economic and
    cultural spheres.  It may in fact be helpful to organize your
    answer around these different themes.  For example, what are
    some forms of economic interaction that involve multiple parts
    of the world and what kinds of cultural changes can they bring
    about in the societies involved?