HIST 5341: Approaches to World History
Spring 2022; Tuesday evenings
University Hall 13
1. Instructor: John Garrigus; website: http://johngarrigus.com
2. Office: University Hall 343
3. Student Office Hours: 5pm to 5:30pm Tuesday; 5pm to 7pm Thurs
4. History Department Office Telephone: 817-272-2661
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6. Faculty Profile: https://mentis.uta.edu/explore/profile/john-garrigus
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the broad outlines of world history and historiography and to strengthen their ability to research and teach in this field.
1. Students will be able to describe and analyze key works and theories in the field of world or global history. Assessed in class discussions and book reviews.
2. Students will be able to effectively communicate their description and analysis of world historiography verbally, in writing, and using information technology. Assessed in weekly class discussions, book reviews, and the StoryMaps/timeline assignment.
3. Students will be able to describe and compare major historiographical approaches in the field of world or global history. Assessed in historiographical comparison essays and the final historiography review essay.
Required Books : [listed in order]
• Olstein, Diego. Thinking History Globally. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2015.
• Harari, Yuval N. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. New York, NY: Harper, 2015.
• Marks, Robert B. Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Environmental Narrative. 3rd ed. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
• Green, Toby. Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.
• Colley, Linda. The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World. N.Y.: Liverright Publishing, 2021.
• Beckert, Sven. Empire of Cotton: A Global History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
• Davis, Mike. Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World. New York : Verso, 2001.
• Getachew, Adom. Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination. Princeton N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2019.
At the end of the semester, students who have accumulated 900 or more points will receive a “A”; 800 to 899 is a “B”; 700 to 799 is a “C”; etc.
Reaction Paper 50
Pre-recorded author biography 100
Historiographic comparison papers (3) 300
StoryMap/ Timeline 100
Final historiographic review essay 350
Description of Major Assignments
Students will produce a two-page reaction paper about the Olstein book. This will describe Olstein’s aims, the structure of the book, and his major ideas.
Pre-recorded author biography
Students will sign up to make a pre-recorded audio and video presentation on one of the nine authors we are reading this semester. The method of recording these presentations is up to each student, as long as they can be uploaded to, or linked to from, our Canvas course page. You can use Canvas Studio, PowerPoint, Prezi, or online screencast tools like Screencast-o-matic. You may upload videos to YouTube.
The presentation should be 5 to 10 minutes long and it should sketch the author’s intellectual biography [graduate advisors, significant influences], his or her other books, and reviews of this book.
The presentation must be uploaded or linked to the class Canvas page no later than 5pm of the first day the class will discuss the book.
Students will sign up to make a computer-assisted visual overview of one of the seven books we are reading this semester, not including Olstein. The overview can take the form of an on-line map, using the websites ArcGIS StoryMap or https://storymap.knightlab.com/, or a on-line timeline, like those available on https://www.sutori.com. The overview must include at least ten elements from the book, illustrating its chronological or geographical range. The overview should describe the author’s thesis and address how this range influences that thesis
The overview must be linked to the class Canvas page no later than 5pm of the second day the class will discuss the book.
Historiographic comparison papers
Students will write three historiography papers, each comparing and analyzing two books: Harari and Marks, Green and Colley, Davis and Beckert. Each paper will be about 1,000 to 1,200 words long. The papers will compare the methodologies, goals, and arguments of the two works. How do the authors define the kind of work they are doing? What are the time- and geographic-scales of their analysis? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each approach?
• Classroom participation is a big part of this course!
• Simply attending class does not count in this area, though I do take attendance at every class meeting.
• You will write a 3,000 word historiographical review essay describing recent books in the field of world history.
Week 1: January 18 — online
Read (posted on Canvas) before class and be prepared to discuss: 1) Vinay Lal, “World History and Its Politics,” Economic and Political Weekly 46, no. 46 (2011): 40–47; and 2) Richard Drayton and David Motadel, “Discussion: The Futures of Global History,” Journal of Global History 13, no. 1 (March 2018): 1–21.
Week 2: January 25 – online
Read before class: Olstein, Introduction and Chapters 1-8
Week 3: February 1 – online
Read before class: Olstein, Chapter 9; Harari, Chapters 1-10
Week 4: February 8 First live meeting
Read before class: Harari, Chapters 11-20
Week 5: February 15
Read before class: Marks, entire; Harari/Marks comparison paper due
Week 6: February 22
Read before class: Green, pages 1-239
Week 7: March 1
Read before class: Green, pages 243-475
Week 8: March 8
Read before class: Colley, pages 1-250
Week 9: March 15-17 SPRING BREAK
Week 10: March 22
Read before class: Colley 250- 424; Green/Colley comparison paper due
Week 11: March 29
Read before class: Said, Orientalism [chapters to be supplied]; Beckert, 1-6
Week 12: April 5
Read before class: Beckert, Chapters 7-14;
Week 13: April 12
Read before class: Davis, Chapters 1-6
Week 14: April 19
Read before class: Davis, Chapters 7-12; Beckert/Davis paper due
Week 15: April 26
Read before class: Getachew, Introduction, Chapters 1-2
Week 16: May 3
Read before class: Getachew, remainder
Historiographic review essay due: May 10
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