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COURSE NAME: "Long-Term History of Globalization"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019

EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 11:30-12:45 PM
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment--Ask me in class or e-mail me

Contemporary discussions of globalization often suffer from a certain short-sightedness. It is all-too-frequently treated as a recent creation of twentieth- and twenty-first-century world economies and information networks. Both its advocates and its critics too often assume that the history of globalization has been the history of the “westernization” of economic and cultural practices. This course provides a deeper and longer term introduction to the complex forces and far-from-one-sided cross-cultural interactions that have been “globalizing” our planet since the development of settled agriculture. Among the aspects of globalization’s history that are covered are the development of market conventions, the spread of religious and cultural traditions, ecological exchanges, transport technologies and networks, migration, the role of violence, and industrialization and deindustrialization.
This course is run as a discussion seminar, in which we will collectively examine and explore the course readings.  Your preparation and active participation is essential to making the course work well.

You should develop an understanding of key developments and phenomena in the complex, long-term history of globalization. You should also cultivate an awareness of the varied forces and actors that have played a role in that process as well as the approaches historians and other scholars have developed to analyze and reconstruct this history. You should develop your capacity to critically analyze a range of source materials in an interdisciplinary manner. You should also improve your ability to effectively communicate your ideas orally and in writing.

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
The World That Trade Created: Society, Culture, and the World Economy, 1400 to the Present 4th Edition Kenneth Pomeranz and Steven TopikRoutledge978-1138680746 Available at the Almost Corner Bookshop
Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global WorldTimothy BrookBloomsbury Press978-1596915992 Available at the Almost Corner Bookshop
The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century, 3rd edRobert B. MarksRowman & Littlefield Publishers978-1-4422-1240-4 Available at the Almost Corner Bookshop

3-4 Reaction Papers (1-2 pages each)In each of the reaction papers (see the course schedule for due dates), you will develop a brief but coherent and well-supported argument regarding the readings for the day on which the paper is due. In these papers, you should not summarize the reading, but rather develop a main thought of your own building on those readings. Ways of developing such arguments include, but are not limited to: critiquing some part of the argument of a secondary source, testing some part of the argument of a secondary source through the analysis of a primary source, comparing and contrasting different readings, or developing a point made by one of the authors more fully and in doing so explaining more of what it may tell us about the subject under discussion. Your grade for these reaction papers will be determined by the strength and focus of your analysis, the persuasiveness of your argument (including quality of writing), and the originality of your thought.15%
ParticipationThis course will primarily be run as a seminar in which we discuss the assigned readings. As such, your active participation in our discussions is absolutely necessary to making the course work well. The high percentage of your grade that will be based on your participation reflects that fact. You will be asked to lead class discussion at least twice over the course of the semester as part of this grade. On occasion, additional brief in class writing may be assigned as components of your participation grade. Please note that behaving in ways that create distractions for other members of the class (including the professor) will lower your participation grade. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to: messaging, checking Facebook or other social networks, catching up on e-mail, watching on-line videos, reading non-class related materials, studying for other courses, shopping on-line, and generally any activity that detracts from your or any other classmate's full participation in what we are doing in the classroom.15%
Midterm ExaminationThe midterm exam will be composed of two essay questions I will give you the class before the exam. You will answer one of those questions. The exam will be open book and open notes. Your grade on the exam will depend upon the analytical strength and persuasiveness of your arguments, your capacity to discuss the material we cover in the course as a whole (including level of mastery of course readings), and the factual accuracy of your answers. 20%
Final ExaminationThe final exam will be composed of two essay questions I will give you the week before the exam. You will answer one of those questions. The exam will be open book and open notes. Your grade on the exam will depend upon the analytical strength and persuasiveness of your arguments, your capacity to discuss the material we cover in the course as a whole (including level of mastery of course readings), and the factual accuracy of your answers. 30%
Analytical Book Review (4-5 Double-Spaced Pages)In the book review, you will prepare an analytical and critical book review of a scholarly monograph of your choice from a list of possibilities provided by me. Your grade will be determined by the strength of your analysis, the persuasiveness of your argument (including quality of writing), and the originality of your thought. I will provide you with further guidelines regarding this assignment later in the session.20%

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

See above on participation.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


Important Course Policies

The books should be available at the Almost Corner Bookshop (Via del Moro, 45).

All assignments must be submitted in the form of both hard and electronic copies (e-mail them to me as .pdf, .doc, or .docx files).

All late work will be penalized by at least one letter grade.  No late work will be accepted following the final examination.

Any documented case of academic dishonesty on any assignment will result not only in a failing grade for the assignment in question but also in a failing grade for the course as a whole. Please remember that, as the University's policy states, "Plagiarism can be deliberate or negligent; students are responsible for ensuring that any work submitted with their name on it is properly referenced."  If you have questions about how to cite material properly, refer to the appropriate sections of the MLA Style Manual or Chicago Manual of Style--if you have questions as to whether particular pieces of material should be cited, ask me. Note that submitting work that you have previously submitted (or plan to submit) for credit in another course is also a form of academic dishonesty, unless you obtain explicit approval from both instructors to do so. For this course, no such double submission is allowed. Please note that your papers may be submitted to turnitin.com to check their content for plagiarism.

ccessing Shared Documents on MyJCU and Other Course Readings
1. Go to the internal web site (MY JCU).
2. After you have logged in, click on the course post-it for Spring 2019, HS 201. Then click on shared files.
3. Please note that handouts in the form of pdf documents may not open with some internet browsers (in particular there seem to be incompatibilities with Chrome).  If a source doesn't open, try another browser; if the problem persists please e-mail me.
4. Be sure to check the handouts page frequently for changes and updates. Similarly, I will post messages on the MyJCU board should I need to contact you in between class meetings (e.g., in the case of an unexpected class cancellation).
5. All other course readings are either in the form of the books listed above or available on-line through the links on this syllabus.
6. J-Stor Readings--
While on campus, you should be able to access these readings simply by clicking on the links on the syllabus.  On the page that appears, you can find links to download the full article as a PDF file or to print it out.  Off-campus you may need to go to the website for the Frohring Library, click on the link for "Databases" and "J-Stor" and then if need be search for the article manually.


Course Schedule (Please note that the following is subject to change--any updates will be made to the on-line syllabus, available on the University's webpage: http://www.johncabot.edu/academics/courses/course-schedules-syllabi.aspx.) 

Part 1. The Big Picture: A Quick Overview of Globalization and Its History

1/22  First Impressions—What is Globalization? What is its history?

1/24  Conceptualizing the History of Globalization
Marks, 1-17 (Introduction)
Chanda, Bound Together, 245-269 (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Osterhammel and Petersson, Globalization: A Short History, 1-11 (Shared Files, MyJCU)

1/29  First Globalizations?: Conquerors, Merchants, and Missionaries to c. 1500
Marks, 19-65 (Ch. 1, 2)

1/31  The Birth of a Modern World Order, Pt. 1:  Ships, Germs, and Empires, c. 1500-c. 1800
Marks, 66-96 (Ch. 3)

2/5  The Birth of a Modern World Order, Pt. II:  Industrialization, c. 1750-c. 1850
Marks, 97-125 (Ch. 4)

2/7  The Opening of the "Gap":  Industry, Imperialism, and Inequality, c. 1800-1900
Marks, 127-160 (Ch. 5)  

2/12  A "New" World?:  The Twentieth Century
Marks, 161-218 (Ch. 6, Conclusion)
Reaction Paper 1 Due


Part 2.  Closer Looks, I:  Seventeenth Century "Globalization," Trade, and Material Culture

2/14  "The View from Delft":  Looking Outward From The Dutch Republic
Brook, 1-25 (Ch. 1)

2/19  "Vermeer's Hat":  Furs, "Indians," and the Northwest Passage
Brook, 26-53 (Ch. 2)

2/21 "A Dish of Fruit":  How Porcelain Became "China"
Brook, 54-83 (Ch. 3)


2/22  FRIDAY OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY MAKE-UP--"Geography Lessons":  Visions of the World from Europe and China
Brook, 84-116 (Ch. 4)


2/26  "A School for Smoking":  Tobacco and Opium
Brook, 117-151 (Ch. 5)

2/28 "Weighing Silver":  Precious Metals and the 17th-Century World Economy
Brook, 152-184 (Ch. 6)
Reaction Paper 2 Due (Optional Due Date)

3/5  "Journeys":  Sea Travel and Its Hazards
Brook, 185-230 (Ch. 7, 8)
Reaction Paper 2 Due (Must Be Handed in By This Date)

3/7  Midterm Exam

Part 3. Closer Looks II: Forging Local Links c. 1400 to the Present

3/19 The Rules of the Game: Making Market Conventions    
Pomeranz and Topik, ix-xiii, 3-48 (Foreword, Introduction, Ch. 1) 
Possible Due Date--Reaction Paper 3

3/21 From Here to There and Back Again: Transportation    
Pomeranz and Topik, 49-80 (Ch. 2)
Possible Due Date--Reaction Paper 3

3/26  Chocolate, Opium, Coffee and Cocaine: Drug Trades and Drug Wars    
Pomeranz and Topik, 81-107 (Ch. 3)
Possible Due Date--Reaction Paper 3

3/28 Sobering Thoughts:  Learning to Drink Coffee in Early Modern Europe
Schivelbusch, "Coffee and the Protestant Ethic" (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Possible Due Date--Reaction Paper 3

4/2 Production, Consumption, and Meaning: The Lives of Commodities    
Pomeranz and Topik, 108-151 (Ch. 4)
Possible Due Date--Reaction Paper 3

4/4  “Now we see the violence inherent in the system!”: Force and Fortunes    
Pomeranz and Topik, 152-192 (Ch. 5)
Possible Due Date--Reaction Paper 3

4/9  A Moment of 'Glocal' Resistance?: New York, 1741
Rediker and Linebaugh, "'The Outcasts of the Nations of the Earth'" (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Possible Due Date--Reaction Paper 2

4/11  Setting Standards: Making Modern Markets 
Pomeranz and Topik, 193-243 (Ch. 6)
Possible Due Date--Reaction Paper 3

4/16  Uneven Growth: Industrialization and Deinsdustrialization Revisited
Pomeranz and Topik, 244-287 (Ch. 7)
Possible Due Date--Reaction Paper 3

4/18  Global Cultures?:  Sports
Appadurai, "Playing with Modernity: The Decolonization of Indian Cricket" (Shared Files, MyJCU)
Last Possible Due Date--Reaction Paper 3

4/23 and 4/30  Global Cultures?: Music
Patterson, "Ecumenical America: Global Culture and the American Cosmos" http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/patterson/files/ecumencial.pdf
Film Screening: The Harder They Come
Analytical Book Review Due on April 30


5/2  Globalization: Where, when, how, why, and so what?    
Pomeranz and Topik, 288-304 (Epilogue)--NOTE: Be sure to read the 4th edition epilogue, see MyJCU Shared Files.

Final Exam--TBA (Final Exam Period May 6-10)