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ADHS 3011 Development of the Pre-Modern World (Fall: 4 )


Course Description

In this course, we will trace the development of our pre-modern world society, from Neolithic hunters and gatherers to Early Modern global explorers and scientists. Why did humans shift from a nomadic to a settled lifestyle and how did this facilitate the rise of the first great civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and the Indus Valley? We will also focus on the contributions of, and interactions among, the critical civilizations of Greece, Rome, Byzantium, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Americas, as well as the roots of our contemporary global religions, including, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam. While this time period featured incredible human ingenuity and technical advancements, it also witnessed catastrophic natural disasters and man-made conflicts that combined to dramatically reshape the course of human progress and lay the foundations of our modern world.


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Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 28-Mar-17