This course is compulsory for students of BA Hons. History and is elective for other SUS students. The course is designed to help students understand structures and dynamics of the 'medieval' and 'early modern' world (c. 500 - 1700 C.E.) by focusing on relations among societies and civilizations rather than on the evidently 'separated' aspects of those societies across time. Attention is drawn towards phenomena such as human migration, cultural (including religious) movements, disease experiences, technological diffusions and patterns of economic activity that spanned regions or several parts of the globe. The collapse of the Roman empire 300 - 500 C.E. (and its neighbor the Sasanian empire), the emergence and expansion of Islamic polities to c. 1200 C.E., the Crusades of European to the Holy Land, European colonizations of the Americas 1500 - 1700 C.E., interactions within Eurasia and Africa during the same period and the European wars of Reformation and Counter-Reformation will be examined. The course acquaints students with world or global history not as a sum of regional or national histories but rather as 'connected histories'.
- Teacher: Denys P Leighton