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INTST 200 States & Capitalism: Origin/Modern Global System • 5 Cr.


Explores the origins, development, and impact of the modern state from the 10th to mid-20th century. Students analyze the political consequences of change under capitalist, socialist, or mixed economies.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Supernatural centered world view and its consequences.
  • Geographic isolation, its causes and consequences.
  • Class and caste social systems and their consequences.
  • Tribal and lineage systems and their consequences.
  • Religion and linguistic practices.
  • Labor intensive and subsistence agrarian economy and its consequences.
  • Sacred legitimizing myths of government
  • Germanic tribal foundation of kingship and its consequences.
  • Christian (Roman) sacred ideas of kingship.
  • Feudalism, its geographical limit, its impact on social organization, on government and law.
  • What is a city, its geography, social organization, economy and government, individualism, and its origins.
  • Differences between western and other urban life.
  • Crop-rotation, iron plough, harnessing of animals.
  • The consequences of the agricultural inventions in the economy and urban development.
  • Church and state controversy and its political consequences.
  • Urbanization and the development of bourgeoisie.
  • The significance of technology and its impact on the economy.
  • The reconquista culture of Iberia (Spain and Portugal).
  • The growth of geographic knowledge and discoveries.
  • The nature and consequences of Spanish colonization.
  • The emergence of parliamentary government in England.
  • The emergence of royal absolutism in France.
  • The nature and consequences of English, Dutch, and French colonization (the trading companies).
  • Galileo, Newton, scientific understanding of the universe.
  • The emergence of the scientific method, the quantification of observed phenomenon.
  • The political philosophy of Hobbes and Locke, Adam Smith and the theory of market economics.
  • Causes and consequences of the French Revolution.
  • Nationalism, nation-state, balance of power.
  • The Industrial Revolution and the expansion of market economy.
  • The Berlin Conference and the last surge of colonization.
  • Struggle for the mastery of Europe, causes of World War I
  • Marx and Marxism.
  • Emergence of totalitarian ideologies and political systems.
  • Leninism, Stalinism, Fascism, Nazism.
  • Theories of imperialism.

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