University of Botswana History Department

HIS 211:
The Rise of Europe to World Dominance

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Lecturer: Dr B. S. Bennett, email bennett@mopipi... [Click here for full email address]

HIS 211: The rise of Europe to world dominance. Optional, 3 credits

Lecturer: Dr B. S. Bennett, email bennett@mopipi... [Click here for full email address]

For most of human history Europe was only one among a number of cultures. But in the past 500 years it came to dominate much of the world, leaving behind great changes even when the empires ended, as is obvious from the case of Botswana. This course will examine both the rise of European power and the changes within Europe itself, focussing on large scale issues rather than detail. To understand the impact of colonialism it is essential to understand how it came about.

Assessment: This course has no final examination. Instead, 50% of the total mark comes from a Special Topic Essay (50%). The questions for Special topic essays will be different for each student and require analysis of detail. They will be assessed in two stages: details will be given in class. The other 50% comes from CA including two main assignments.

The course will be divided into the following main parts. In each section we will consider both European and world history.

Reading: There is no prescribed textbook. There is extensive material in the Library for this course, some of which will be put on reserve.

Material online

See the current information page for information on current reading recommendations etc.

See the H202 Index Page which links to various useful pages. (The semester courses HIS211 and HIS212 replace the old year-long course H202.) In particular, see a table of The main phases of the French Revolution, an introduction to 19th century French politics, and a table of estimated world population 1800 - 1950. See also How to take notes in lectures and the Guide to essay-writing. The latter includes detailed notes on how to write footnotes. See also the Quick-reference guide to writing footnotes for a short summary.

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