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History of the World since 1500 CE (W3903)

By Professor Richard Bulliet

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This course presents and at the same time critiques a narrative of world history from 1500 to the present. The purpose of the course is to convey an understanding of how this rapidly growing field of history is being approached at three different levels: the narrative textbook level, the theoretical-conceptual level, and, through discussion sections, the research level.

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History of the World since 1500 CE

Prof. Bulliet is engaging and funny. He ranges widely over all the globe, more thematically than chronologically. His refreshing perspective resists the traditional focus on Europe; he shows how diverse and creative humanity has always been. Rather than learning specific names and dates, the focus is more on thinking about how to tell humanity's story, what to include, what to leave out, what to compare and contrast. I recommend this course highly to anyone interested in history. As I write this, only ten lectures have been posted, and I'm looking forward to the rest of them.


Provides a more global summary of world history than most western-civilization-based sources, which is refreshing. Brings in the influence of new technology, such as four-wheeled vehicles, and considers broad cultural trends, like the uses of sacrifices in worship. This extends the world history beyond political changes and adds interest. All in all comprehensive with up-to-date research overview of world history.

Interesting and thought provoking

I think this is an excellent presentation of World History'; Professor Bulliet tells us if and how he is biased.
Thank you Professor Bulliet and thank you Columbia for providing this educational opportunity.

History of the World since 1500 CE (W3903)
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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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