Encounters and exchanges among world cultures have been the main driving force behind the extraordinary social, political, cultural, intellectual, scientific, and technological transformations of recent centuries. Global Transformations and the Rise of the West Since 1000 examines the rise of Europe (and then the United States) to global preeminence, which is the central question of world history. Europe was far behind China, India, and the Islamic world, yet dominates the modern world. I argue that Western Civilization was uniquely open to innovation, imitating other cultures, and fostering human self-realization. Upon successful completion of this course, you will have a basic understanding of the West's centuries-long radical transformations of politics, economics, society, technology, knowledge, and culture.

Relevant scholarly works are
Jonathan Daly, The Rise of Western Power: A Comparative History of Western Civilization, 2d ed. (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2021);
Jonathan Daly, Historians Debate the Rise of the West, (London and New York: Routledge, 2015).

Semester: WiSe 2021/22