HIST2F90: Money & Power in the Atlantic WorldMain MenuSyllabusCourse IntroductionModule 1. The Pre-Modern WestRulers and Subjects (1)Traditional AuthorityRulers and Subjects (2)Challenges to Traditional AuthorityAgricultural RevolutionsUnderstanding Debates among HistoriansModule 2. Colonial ExpansionWorkshopTranscribing Early Modern SourcesEurope's Empires ExpandLesson starting Oct. 17Early Modern AfricaThe Slave TradeThe Columbian ExchangeModule 3. Conflicting WorldsWorkshopIntroduction to Voyant ToolsIndigenous North American CulturesMissionariesColonial SocietiesConsumer Societies and Commercial ExpansionThe expanding consumer and commercial worlds of 18th-century British AmericaThe Seven Years WarBritain, France, and Several Indigenous Nations Fight for their Place in North AmericaNEW: Toolbox OverviewUpdated: Jan. 2019Module 4. RevolutionsAdvanced Voyant WorkshopThe American RevolutionThe French RevolutionThe Haitian RevolutionModule 5. The Early Liberal EraAbolitionWork and FreedomReclaim Hosting24a46be41458817a1af645f2709712527b697f56Mike Brousseaua48cc6cb400c0657670a153d21a82e9effd174e3Matt Clare9e08df8dd753f2cf44408856b66968e58b6de365M. Driedger & D. Samson6af39945b9bafe9944d9cbe84852ce9c2e2d3e50Giulia Forsythee08753308003db85a4b45692789c1a3b1e036910Danny Samsone78c44be69204bf85874703732765155352152aaTrudy Tattersallf0224d53ad8de598b7c1090097109032cd5984d5M. Driedger and D. Samson
Pascoal Roiz, Portolan Chart of the Atlantic Ocean, 1633
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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