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UNIT 26: World History and Identity

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Unit 1. Maps, Time, and World History

What tools do world historians use in the study of history? This unit begins the study of world history by examining its use of geographical and chronological frameworks: how they have shaped the understanding of world history and been used to chart the past. It is related to Unit 26 because it argues that history is written in a given context-in this case, globalization-and that their context influences how historians explain the world around them. more »

Unit 18. Rethinking the Rise of the West

How does historical scholarship change over time, and why do the perspectives of historians shift? This unit recaps the economic and political events that led to the rise of the West, but examines and re-examines those events through differing opinions of its causes, reflecting changes in historical interpretation. It is related to Unit 26 because the particular form globalization has taken was deeply influenced by European domination and the rise of the West. more »

Unit 24. Globalization and Economics

How have the forces of globalization shaped the modern world? This unit travels from the Soviet Union to Sri Lanka and Chile to study the role of technology and the impact of economic and political changes wrought by globalization. It is related to Unit 26 because of its specific focus on globalization, and because global economic forces are often influential in shaping individual and group identities. more »

Unit 25. Global Popular Culture

What are the sounds and sights of an emerging global culture? From World Cup soccer to Coca Cola, modern icons reflect the intertwined cultural, political, and commercial dimensions of globalization. This unit listens to and looks at the music and images of global production and consumption — from reggae to the Olympics. It is related to Unit 26 because popular culture is another extremely influential way that identities are being shaped in the contemporary globalized world. more »

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