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Please follow the "comment" link above for more information on comments, course readings, course requirements and grading.This course takes you on a voyage into the past. Like many of the explorers you will meet along the way, you will explore the history of the modern world. You will learn about the past you will also learn about how to think about the past – to consider models and concepts for explaining the cycles of integration and disintegration, like empire and free trade, religious conversion and global governance. The aim of this course is to understand the forces that pull the parts together as well as those that drive them apart. Course themes include migration and statelessness, economic integration, warfare and conflict, the transformation of the ecological balance, and cultural responses and innovations. To grapple with these themes, we explore first-hand perspectives of historical actors through a collection of texts and images. And because learning global history is much more exciting in a global context, you will join teams from different universities all over the world, including from Princeton’s Global History Lab. In this global history course, you will learn not just by reading excerpts from the textbook, watching lectures and engaging in class discussions. The core of this course is a series of weekly lab assignments in which you will work in teams to use historical knowledge from the course to solve problems and develop new connections and interpretations of primary sources. You will then discuss your results across teams and themes. If you are interested in taking this course, please email the course tutor Johanna Wetzel wetzel(at)uni-potsdam.de so we can get you signed up to the online learning platform for this course. This is a blended learning seminar: seminar sessions take place in presence but you will prepare and engage with the learning material online.
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