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Starting around 1000 CE, this subject surveys some broad historical trends in the areas of religion, trade, imperialism and colonialism, political movements, war and conflicts, technology, art, and economic developments. It is geographically eclectic, examining the development of ideas and movements of peoples across Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. Case studies will illustrate in more detail the complexities of daily life during this exciting and lengthy phase of global activities. The teaching focus will be on training in foundational academic skills: critical thinking; document analysis and précis; and basic academic writing.