History 398. Experimental Courses
Early Modern Europe and the World: Cultural Interaction and Transformation
The early modern period saw an explosion of trade, travel, evangelization, and imperial expansion, as individuals from different societies interacted with each other. In this course we will study cultural interactions during this fascinating era.
We will examine cross-cultural interactions through a comparison of world empires and nation formation. We will also assess how early modern individuals formed, challenged, and shared their own cultural assumptions and experienced other cultures. We will see how these complex interactions encouraged the creation of new identities and “cultural symbiosis.” We will analyze written and visual primary sources and evaluate current scholarship in this discussion-based course.