Dr. Laura A. Smoller
Stabler Hall 604-K

Phone:  569-8389

email: lasmoller@ualr.edu

Office hours: MW, 3-4 p.m. and by appointment


MWF 10:00-10:50, RH 122

Spring 2011

 History 1312 is a survey history of world civilization from roughly 1500 C.E. to the present. The course tells the story of the globalization of world history, the rise of Europe and the west to world dominance, the development of distinctly modern modes of thought and social and political organization, and challenges to western world domination in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.





Part I:  The globalization of history.



January 19

Introduction to the course

 text, pp. 619-23

January 21

What is history and why bother with it?





January 24

The Europe Columbus knew

text, pp. 569-75; 578-84

January 26

An unlikely source of empire

text, pp. 569-99

January 28

Three Islamic empires

text, pp. 584-88, 645-50




January 31

China on the eve of European expansion

text, pp. 385-90, 575-78, 643-45

February 2

Japan before and after European expansion

text, pp. 395-97, 681-82, 894-96.  Map worksheet due.

February 4

Africa on the eve of European expansion; early civilizations in the Americas

text, pp. 283-92, 346-51, 586-87, 351-55; 292-304




February 7

The Aztec and Inca empires

text, pp. 588-96

February 9

The conquest of the Americas

text, pp. 625-28

February 11

Exploiting new colonies: the transatlantic economy

text, pp. 629-39, 673-80, 682-98, 727-30




February 14



February 16

Midterm 1



Part II:  Re-making Europe.


February 18

The reformations of the sixteenth century, I:  Lutheranism

text, pp. 721-27




February 21

The reformations of the sixteenth century, II:  Calvinism and Catholic counter-reformation

text, pp. 730-31

February 23

Religious warfare and the crisis of knowledge


February 25

The quest for political order, I 





February 28

The quest for political order, II


March 2

The quest for political order, III 


March 4

No class

Smoller absent




March 7

The quest for order in knowledge, I:  The Scientific Revolution

text, pp. 737-42 

March 9

The quest for order in knowledge, II:  The Scientific Revolution, cont'd

text, pp. 742-47. Writing assignment # 1 due March 9 in class.

March 11

The quest for order in knowledge, III:  The Enlightenment

text, pp. 771-84





March 14

The French Revolution

text, pp. 784-87

March 16

The legacy of the French Revolution


March 18

Revolutions in the Americas

text, pp. 787-96




March 21-25






March 28



March 30



April 1

No class

Smoller absent



Part III:  The modern age.


April 4

The Industrial Revolution

text, pp. 825-32, 853-54

April 6

Social effects of the Industrial Revolution

text, pp. 832-37

April 8


text, pp. 837-39




April 11

1848 and the triumph of middle class family life


April 13


text, pp. 796-800

April 15

Order at home and abroad:  hygiene, civilization, and the new imperialism

text, pp. 877-82, 923-48




April 18

The birth of modern thought


April 20

The liberal world unravels?

text, pp. 800-03, 969-73. Writing assignment # 2 due April 20 in class.

April 22

World War I

text, pp. 977-84




April 25

The Russian Revolution

text, pp. 840-46, 1029-35

April 27

World War II

text, pp. 985-1005

April 29

The aftermath of WWII and rise of the Cold War

text, pp. 1005-08, 1035-51




May 2


text, pp. 1081-94

May 4

The world after 1989

text, pp. 1051-58

May 6

 Contemporary hot-spots

text, pp. 1094-1108, 1133- 44, 1150-65




May 9




Final exam:  May 11, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Class attendanceAttendance at all lectures is essential for doing well in this course.  There will be material covered in lecture that is not in the textbook.  Students will be held responsible for all material covered in and announcements made in lectures.  If you must miss a class, you will need to get the lecture notes from another student in the class.  The outline posted on Blackboard is not an adequate substitute for lecture; nor is the textbook. Students who are absent from more than five consecutive classes without excuse and without contacting the instructor will be administratively withdrawn from the course.


Required materials:  The following textbook is required for the course and is available in the UALR bookstore:


Robert Strayer. Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources, Combined edition (New York: Bedford/St. MartinŐs, 2010).  ISBN 9780312489168.


Assignments and grading:  Reading assignments are due on the day they appear in the lecture schedule below.  Written assignments are weighted as follows:


Map worksheet (due February 2)----5%

Midterm 1 (February 16)----20 %

Writing assignment 1 (March 9)----15 %

Midterm 2 (March 30)----20 %

Writing assignment 2  (April 20)----15 %

Final exam (May 11, not cumulative)----25 %


Grades are computed on the following scale:


            A=90-100%    B=80-89%      C=70-79%      D=60-69%      F=0-59%


In case of some mix-up, you should save all returned work until you receive your grade at the end of the semester.


Make-up exams:  If you miss an exam and have a valid excuse, you will have an opportunity to make up the exam on Consultation Day (May 10), but only by prior arrangement with the instructor. 


Late work:  Late work will be penalized 10 percentage points for every calendar day late.  Except under the most exigent of circumstances, I will not accept late work after I have already graded and returned the assignment to the class.   I do not accept emailed assignments without prior arrangement, and only in extreme emergencies.


Student learning objectives for core courses in history:

   1. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of historical information such as names, dates and chronologies, events, terms, and concepts.
   2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the historical context that shapes human experience.
   3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relatedness of historical events as expressed in such concepts as continuity and change, causation, interdependence of cultures, and the interaction between differing groups and societies.
   4. Students will organize and articulate their ideas through an essay that presents a thesis relevant to the question.
   5. Students will support their ideas with historical evidence and will reach conclusions based on that evidence.


Disability Support Services: It is the policy and practice of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to create inclusive learning environments.  If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment of achievement--such as time-limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos--please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  Students are also welcome to contact the Disability Resource Center, telephone 501-569-3143 (v/tty). For more information, visit the DRC website at www.ualr.edu/disability.  


Classroom etiquette: Please turn off cell phones or set them to a silent alert.  Kindly do not text message or read text messages in class.  In the rare event you must enter late or leave class early, please let me know in advance. 

Cheating and plagiarism: Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses and will be treated as such. ("Plagiarism" means "to adopt and reproduce as one's own, to appropriate to one's use, and incorporate in one's own work without acknowledgment the ideas of others or passages from their writings and works." See Section VI, Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Behavior, Student Handbook, p. 39. Copying directly from the textbook, a website, or an encyclopedia article without quotation marks or an identifying citation, for example, constitutes plagiarism.) Anyone who engages in such activities will receive no credit for that assignment and may in addition be turned over to the Academic Integrity and Grievance Committee for University disciplinary action, which may include separation from the University.
Copyright notice: Copyright © by Laura Smoller as to this syllabus and all lectures. Students and auditors are prohibited from selling notes during this course to (or being paid for taking notes by) any person or commercial firm without the express written permission of the professor teaching this course.

The instructor reserves the right to change topics and assignments on the syllabus at any point in the semester.