Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

HIST 204 S13

Summer 2013 - Session II

History 204: Global History Since 1500


Michael Khodarkovsky (mkhodar@luc.edu)

office hours after the class and by appointment


Available at the Bookstore

1. World History by William McNeill (Oxford UP, 1998), $29

2. Dava Sobel, Galileo’s Daughter. $6

3. Donald Quataert, The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922 (Cambridge, 2000). $31

4. Jonathan Spence, The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution (Penguin, 1982). $10


The purpose of this course is to provide for a better understanding of the relationship between the Western civilization and the World.  This course satisfies the values area by promoting and advancing justice and its understanding.


Grade Distribution

Participation in the discussions--25%

A final examination--50%

A two-page book review—25%


Course Requirements

Students are expected to read and discuss the books assigned in the course. The exam is intended to ascertain the students’ ability to think, reason, discuss the issues, and express her/himself in good English.  A cumulative grade is based on the student's knowledge of the material, analytical abilities, and the clarity of expression.


Week 1  Europe and the World in the Emerging Global System. The Rise of Europe; Scientific and Intellectual Revolutions and Their Diffusion. The American and French Revolutions and Their Impact.


Reading: McNeill, pt. 3; Dava Sobel.


Week 2 The Ottoman Middle East and China Before the Nineteenth Century; industrial Revolution and its Global Impact; Nationalism, Colonialism, and Imperialism.


Reading: McNeil, chs. 26-28; Donald Quataert.


Week 3 World War I and Revolution: Russia Transformed; "A Broken World:" Europe and the World Between the Wars; World War II, 1939-1945; The Beginning of the Cold War.


Reading: McNeill, chs. 29-30; Jonathan Spence.


Week 4 Decolonization, Detente and the World in the 1960-80s; The Velvet Revolutions in Eastern Europe; The End of the Cold War; Globalization in the Contemporary World.


Book review is due and a final exam.