Spring term, 2005
Prof. Edwin E. Moise
Office: Hardin 102
Office phones: 656-5369, 656-3153
Home phone: 654-7087
Messages can be left in my mailbox in Hardin 124, or in the box on my office door.
Monday 10:10-11:00, 2:30-3:20 Tuesday 11:00-12:15 Wednesday 10:10-11:00, 2:30-3:20 Thursday 11:00-12:15 Friday 10:10-11:00
There will be no big course paper, but I will assign one short paper, which should be at least a page and a half, if typed double spaced. It is worth 40 points. There will be one in-class essay quiz, 20 points. The midterm test (70 points) and the final exam (120 points) will be mostly essay questions. I will give some very short quizzes which are just objective questions (these are not on the syllabus, but they will be announced during the previous class), but these only count ten points each; they will be mainly intended to make sure that you are doing the reading. There are two map exercises, worth 20 points each.
I use a 90%, 80%, 70% scale, sometimes modified in favor of students but never against them. In other words, a 90% average for the semester is guaranteed to be an A, 80% is guaranteed to be a B, and 70% is guaranteed to be a C. But 89% or 88% might perhaps become an A, depending on how the class as a whole is doing.
"As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green Clemson's vision of this institution as a 'high seminary of learning.' Fundamental to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others. Furthermore, we recognize that academic dishonest detracts from the value of a Clemson degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any form."
What does this mean in practical terms, in this course? Really two things:
1) In-class tests and quizzes are closed-book. You are supposed to get information only from your memory while writing your answers, not by sneaking looks at books, notes, or your neighbor's paper.
2) Students are not supposed to help each other do take-home assignments after the assignment has been given out. Students studying together to learn material for tests and quizzes is perfectly OK. Indeed, it is an excellent idea. But if two students work together on a map exercise or on a take-home essay assignment, and as a result the papers handed in by the two students resemble one another much too closely to be coincidence, I will bring charges of academic dishonesty against both of them. If a fellow student asks to see your paper or a map exercise, to see how the assignment was supposed to be done, say no. They should come to me if they want further explanation of how the assignment was to be done.
If you miss a ten point objective quiz you are out of luck; there is no make-up even with a good excuse. However, the worst grade on a ten point objective quiz for any particular student does not get counted, so if you only miss one of them it will not hurt you too badly.
Any student who has an average of 90% or better, for work up to the final exam, will be permitted to exempt the final.
There will also be at least one reading assignment that I will make available online.
The following course outline is tentative. It may be modified slightly by class request, or as a result of shifts in what I find practical to place online.
January 12: Introduction to the course
January 14: Kagan 241-248: 17th century England
January 19: Kagan 248-258: 17th century France
January 21: Kagan chapter 14: The age of the scientific revolution
January 24: Kagan chapter 15: Assorted European countries
January 26: Kagan 289-298: 18th century society; ESSAY QUIZ
January 28: Kagan 298-308: Economic Expansion.
January 31: Kagan chapter 17: colonial empires and the American Revolution
February 2: Kagan chapter 18: The Enlightenment
February 4: Kagan 351-353, and Hunt 1-31: The beginning of the French Revolution, 1789
February 7: Hunt, pp. 35-70: Human Rights issues
February 9: Kagan 353-356 and Hunt 71-83: The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, 1789
February 11: Kagan 356-368: French Revolution continued
February 14: Hunt, pp. 84-118
February 16: Hunt, pp. 119-139
February 18: Hand in short paper, about two pages (or more) double-spaced, on the question: Evaluate the arguments of at least four of the authors writing about the issue of women, in pages 119-139 of Hunt. How much sense are they making? If they are making foolish statements, do you have any idea why they were making them? If you are citing a particular statement, please make sure I can tell who made the statement and also give the page number on which you found it, like this (p. 122).
February 21: Kagan, chapter 20: Napoleon
February 23: Kagan, chapter 21: restoring the international order
February 25: MIDTERM TEST
February 28: Kagan, chapter 22: industry and the Revolutions of 1848
March 2: Read Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto
March 4: Kagan, chapter 23: Nation states in the late 19th century
March 7: Kagan chapter 24: late 19th century society.
March 9: Kagan chapter 25: late 19th century thought
March 11: Kagan, pp. 488-499: The beginning of World War I
March 14: Remarque, pp. 7-70
March 16: Remarque, pp. 71-137
March 18: Remarque, pp. 137-200
March 28: Remarque, pp. 201-255
March 30: Kagan, pp. 504-510: The Russian Revolution and the end of World War I.
April 1: Map Exercise showing the shrinkage of the territory of both Russia and Germany as a result of the First World War and related events.
April 4: Kagan, chapter 27: politics in the 1920s.
April 6: Kagan, pp. 535-542: The Depression and the Nazis
April 8: Kagan, pp. 542-548: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union
April 11: Kagan 550-560: World War II
April 13: Kagan 560-580: The end of World War II, and further discussion.
April 15: Kagan 594-601: The Cold War.
1) I will hand out a map of Europe. Please mark in on this map:
a) The border of the Soviet Union from the mid 1920s to the mid 1930s.
b) The border of the Soviet Union in 1950.
2) Please provide (off to the side, or on the other side of the map sheet) a list of the countries that were absorbed or lost territory, in the expansion of the Soviet Union that you have shown on the map, but don’t mark these on the map; just list them.
3) Please mark in, on the map, the borders of the countries or parts of countries that still existed as separate countries in 1950 (had not been entirely absorbed into the Soviet Union) and were Communist in 1950. Label those countries or parts of countries, by name. Don’t label any country that was not Communist or part Communist. Either write the names directly on the map, or put numbers on the map and have a key on the side giving the name of the country for each number. When I refer to countries being “part Communist,” what I mean is situations in which a large part of the territory of a country was ruled by the Communists. I do not mean situations like that of France, where the French Communist Party was strong enough to have considerable influence, but was not strong enough actually to rule any particular part of France.
Please note that some countries that you listed for section 2) will also need to be labelled for section 3), since there were countries that had some territory taken away from them and made part of the Soviet Union, for which what was left of the country became a Communist country.
ONLY countries that either were partly or wholly under Communist rule in 1950, or had been partly or wholly absorbed by the Soviet Union, should be mentioned. Please do not mention the name of any country that does not fall into one of these categories.
April 18: Kagan 601-604 (decolonization), and begin reading Edwin Moise, "The Vietnam Wars" on the web.
April 20: Finish Moise, "The Vietnam Wars" on the web.
April 22: Kagan 580-591, 604-606: Recent developments in Western society
April 25: Kagan 606-618. The end of the Cold War
April 27: The West and the Muslim World
April 29: Recent events, and review
Final exam: Wednesday, May 4, 8:00 a.m.
Link to map of The Middle East
Link to map of Africa
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Revised January 8, 2005.