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History of the World to 1500 CE (W3902)

By Professor Richard Bulliet

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This course presents and at the same time critiques a narrative world history from prehistoric times to 1500. 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 to 1500 CE

Prof. Bulliet is engaging and funny. He ranges widely over all the globe, more thematically than chronologically. He's especially interesting on technology and animals. His refreshing perspective resists the traditional narrative which attributes almost all advances in civilization to the Europeans; 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.

World history

Worse lecture. He says "uh" about every five words. He is is disjointed in his talks and meanders pointlessly.