†† †††††HST 101-02HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION

††††††††† †† ††††††††††††††† ††††††††† (From pre-history to 1500)

Fall 2002†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† Class Room: UCC012

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† Time: 8:30-9:20am

Professor: Dr. Pingchao Zhu†††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Office: RM 315 Administration Building††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Office Hours: MWF 1:00-2:00, or by appointment

Office Phone: 885-7166, or 885-6253

Email: pzhu@uidaho.edu

Website: www.uidaho.edu/~pzhu

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

††††††††††† This course is an introduction to the early development of world civilizations from pre-history to the 16th Century.

Throughout the semester we will examine the rise of major human civilizations around the world.We will also discuss the emergence of different thoughts and philosophies around the 6th and 5th centuries B.C., which would later have great impact on the shaping of different historical developments in different regions of the world.Interaction of different traditions, cultures, and peoples in a global context will be discussed.This class promotes critical thinking, encourages students participation in discussion in order to understand the evolution of political institutions, social and cultural structures, religions, as well as economic developments in human history.

TEXTBOOK

William J. Duiker & Jackson J. Spielvogel, The Essential World History: Vol. One: To 1800,

††††††††††† Wadsworth Thomas Learning, 2002.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

1. Two mid-term examinations††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 100 points each

2. One final paper†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 100

3. Two short essays††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 80 points each

4. Attendance & participation†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† ††40 points

 

Mid-term Examinations consist of multiple-choice questions, filling in the blank, and essay and they are not accumulative.Questions come mainly from lectures and assigned readings.

 

Final Paper is due on the last week of the class.Topic of the paper will be given one week before the due date.

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Short Essays require students to respond to article handed-outs over a couple of issues under discussion.Specific instructions will be given to each essay at due time during the semester.

 

GRADES SCALE ††

According to the University of Idaho 1998 General Catalog, "For purpose of reporting and record, academic work is graded as follows: A-superior; B-above average; C-average; D-below average; F-failure."A studentís performance in this course will be evaluated based on the university grade system and graded according to the following points break down:

 

A=500-450†† †† B=449-400†† †† C=399-350†† †† D=349-300†† †† F=299 and below

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COURSE SCHEDULE

Week 1†††††††††† Aug. 26-30

††††††††††††††††††††††† Introduction to the Course

††††††††††††††††††††††† What do we know about pre-history?

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mesopotamian civilization, I

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, pp. 1-8

 

Week 2†††††††††† Sept. 4-6

††††††††††††††††††††††† No Class on Monday, Labor Day

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mesopotamian civilization, II

††††††††††††††††††††††† Egyptian civilization, I

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, pp. 8-12

 

Week 3 ††††††††† Sept. 11-13

††††††††††††††††††††††† Egyptian civilization, II

††††††††††††††††††††††† Indus River civilization

††††††††††††††††††††††† Hinduism

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, pp. 13-21, Chapter. 2

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Week 4 ††††††††† Sept. 16-20

††††††††††††††††††††††† Early Chinese civilization†††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Confucianism & other philosophies

††††††††††††††††††††††† The First Emperor

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, Chapter 3

 

Week 5 ††††††††† Sept. 23-27

††††††††††††††††††††††† Comparison of the four early civilizations

††††††††††††††††††††††† Buddhism

††††††††††††††††††††††† Early Japan and Shintoism

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, pp. 235-246

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Week 6 ††††††††† Sept. 30-Oct.4

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1st Mid-term Exam on Monday

††††††††††††††††††††††† Early Civilizations

††††††††††††††††††††††† Africa & Mesoamerica

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, Chapters 6 & 8

 

Week 7 ††††††††† Oct. 7-11

††††††††††††††††††††††† Ancient Greece†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Athens & Sparta

††††††††††††††††††††††† Greek philosophy

††††††††††††††††††††††† Hellenistic world

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, Chapter 4 †††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1st Short Essay Due on Monday

 

Week 8 ††††††††† Oct. 14-18

††††††††††††††††††††††† The Roman Empire

††††††††††††††††††††††† The Age of Augustus

††††††††††††††††††††††† The Roman culture & life

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, pp. 96-110

 

Week 9 ††††††††† Oct. 21-25

††††††††††††††††††††††† The Rise of Christianity

††††††††††††††††††††††† Dead Sea Scrolls

††††††††††††††††††††††† The growth of Papacy

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, pp. 111-115

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Week 10 ††††††† Oct. 28-Nov. 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† Early Medieval European Church & State

††††††††††††††††††††††† Origins of nation-states

††††††††††††††††††††††† Feudalism

††††††††††††††††††††††† Holy Roman Empire

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, pp. 218-268

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Week 11 ††††††† Nov. 4-8

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2nd Mid-term Exam on Monday††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Medieval European Heritage

††††††††††††††††††††††† High medieval culture

††††††††††††††††††††††† The universities††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, pp. 268-276

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Week 12 ††††††† Nov. 11-15 ††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Between East and West

††††††††††††††††††††††† Byzantine Empire

††††††††††††††††††††††† Islamic culture

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, pp. 278-283, Chapters 7 & 8

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2nd Short Essay due on Monday

 

Week 13†††††††† Nov. 18-22

††††††††††††††††††††††† East Asia during the Middle Age

††††††††††††††††††††††† Glamour of the Chinese imperial dynasties

††††††††††††††††††††††† The Mongol conquest

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, Chapter 10

 

Week 14†††††††† Nov. 23-29 Fall Recess, NO CLASS

 

Week 15†††††††† Dec.2-6

††††††††††††††††††††††† Late Medieval Europe in Crises

††††††††††††††††††††††† The Crusades††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† The Black Death

††††††††††††††††††††††† Decline of the Roman Papacy

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, pp. 283-294

 

Week 16 ††††††† Dec. 9-13

††††††††††††††††††††††† The New Age

††††††††††††††††††††††† The Renaissance

††††††††††††††††††††††† The Reformation††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Encountering the New World

††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading: Duiker, pp. 294-301, Chapters 14 & 15

††††††††††††††††††††††† Final Paper due on Monday††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

**This course schedule is subject to changes by the instructor.

**Later paper without permission will result in deduction of 5 points per day.