HIST2F90: Money & Power in the Atlantic World

The Course at a Glance

Welcome to HIST 2F90: Money and Power in the Atlantic World!

This page is intended for students of HIST 2F90, and anyone else who'd like to learn about the course themes. If you've stumbled upon this page by accident, HIST 2F90 is a credit course for students at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Ontario university students from other campuses are also welcome to take the course for credit through the eCampus Ontario course offerings. Some of the course content is password-protected, but much is available on the open web.

Below you will find an overview of the course schedule and progression of themes for the 2018-19 academic year at Brock University.

Historians ask questions of the past, and our big question for the course is: 

For the period between 1500 and 1850, what were the most significant factors in the rise of the liberal-capitalist West?

Historians do not agree on the answers to big questions like this one; in fact, there are many, many possible answers. Nonetheless, attempts to answer big questions like this one are at the very heart of what historians do. How might it be possible to answer such BIG questions? The most straightforward way to make answers to big questions manageable is to use detailed examination of particular sources and evidence to answer more particular questions related to the BIG one. The course will help you arrive at your own answer(s). Along the way, you will learn a great deal about the history of the Atlantic World before 1850, and you will also practice the foundational skills that all historians use to make sense of evidence from the past. We look forward to your answers!

The open, up-to-date parts of this e-textbook have live links below. All parts of the e-textbook are also available in the drop-down index (in top left of your computer screen) -- but you should note that not all of these are up-to-date.


Note: More details about weekly themes and activities are outlined in the Lessons. When each Lesson is ready, we will make a link for the week live and clickable.

Week 1, Starting Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018: Introduction to the Course

NOTE: Unless we announce otherwise, all Lessons and their accompanying Forum discussions will start on Wednesdays. Therefore, plan to budget your time so that you finish each week's Forum posts well before the following Tuesday evening.

Module 1. The Pre-Modern West

Week 2, starting Sept. 12: Rulers and Subjects (1): Traditional Authority
Week 3, starting Sept. 19: Rulers and Subjects (2): Challenges to Traditional Authority
Week 4, starting Sept. 26: Agricultural Revolutions

Note: The Module 1 Quiz will be open from Wednesday, Oct. 3 at noon until Saturday, Oct. 6 at 5 am (!).

Module 2. Colonial Expansion

Week 5, starting Oct. 3: Workshop on Tranfcribing (?!) Early Modern Sources and start of the Transcription Assignment

Note 1: The Transcription Assignment begins before Reading Week and you have until after Reading Week (i.e., until Monday, Oct. 22) to complete Parts A and B of that assignment. The deadline for your submission of Part C of the transcription assignment is the end of the day on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Note 2: Reading Week falls between Weeks 5 and 6

Week 6, starting Oct. 17: Europe's Empires Expand
Week 7, starting Oct. 24: Early Modern Africa
Week 8, starting Oct. 31: The Slave Trade
Week 9, starting Nov. 7: The Columbian Exchange

Note: The Module 2 Quiz will be open from Wednesday, Nov. 14 at noon until Saturday, Nov. 17 at 5 am (!).

Module 3. Conflicting Worlds

Week 10, starting Nov. 14: Workshop: Introduction to Voyant Tools and the start of the Voyant Tools Assignment
Week 11, starting Nov. 21: Indigenous Cultures
Week 12, starting Nov. 28: Missionaries

Note 1: There is no December exam in this course. The first week of regular classes starts on Monday, Jan. 7. Our lesson-cycle will begin again on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

Note 2: The deadline for the Voyant Tools Assignment (not to be confused with the Voyant Tools Workshop forum posts) will be announced at the beginning of the second term.

Week 13, starting Jan. 9: Colonial Societies
Week 14, starting Jan. 16: Settler Societies and Commercial Expansion
Week 15, starting Jan. 23: The Seven Years War

Note 1: *** The last day to withdraw from D1 courses without academic penalty is Jan. 18. ***
Note 2: The Module 3 Quiz will be open from Wed., Jan. 30 at noon until Saturday, Feb. 2 at 5 am (!).
Note 3: Pay attention for a new Toolbox Overview (helpful for review of skills; this will become available as the course develops)

Module 4. Revolutions

Week 16, starting Jan. 30: Advanced Voyant Workshop and the start of the Voyant Tools Assignment
Week 17, starting Feb. 6: Advanced Voyant Workshop Continued
Week 18, starting Feb. 27: The American Revolution
Week 19, starting Mar. 6: The French Revolution
Week 20, starting Mar. 13: The Haitian Revolution

Note: The Module 4 Quiz will be open from Wednesday, Mar. 20 until Saturday, Mar. 23 at 5 am.

Module 5. The Early Liberal Era

Week 21, starting Mar. 20: Abolition
Week 22, starting Mar. 27: Work and Freedom
Week 23, starting Apr. 3: Course Wrap-up

Your next step is to read the course syllabus carefully.

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