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.