Making of the Modern World Library Guides
The library has developed a series of webguides for each of the Making of the Modern World classes. MMW 11 does not require extensive use of outside materials, so its webguide is a fairly general introductions to library research at UCSD. The guides for MMW 12 - 15 are course-specific and will help you find and use the best online and print sources you'll need to do research and write your papers.
- MMW 12
Covering ca. 100 BC to 1200 AD, MMW 12 examines the development of classical empires from China to the West, their collapse, and their transformation into distinct medieval forms. It also examines the rise and spread of Christianity, Islam, and Mahayana Buddhism. This course is the first of two writing-intensive quarters in the MMW sequence.
- MMW 13
MMW 13 provides a freamework for understanding developments in the global past from 1200 to 1750 and the transition from the medieval to the early modern world. This course is the second of two writing-intensive quarters in the MMW sequence.
- MMW 14
This quarter examines the great changes in European society occurring from the late Seventeenth Century to the time of the Russian Revolution and considers the impact of those changes on the non-Western world. Topics include absolutist states and the Enlightenment, the French and American revolutions, industrialization, the rise of nationalism and the nation-state, mass politics, Western imperialism, and the colonial experience. Developments in non-Western countries during this period will be examined from their own internal perspectives.
- MMW 15
This course begins with a consideration of the causes and consequences of World War I, and then looks at the post-war crisis of liberal values and institutions. It addresses the deepening of that crisis in the 1930s, especially evident in the emergence of ideological politics and extreme nationalism in the context of world-wide depression. That period provides the background for understanding World War II. Attention is then devoted to the Cold War, the competition between capitalism and communism, and the process of decolonization. The course ends with a discussion of the collapse of communism and the emerging world order (or disorder).
- MMW 21
MMW 21, the first of two required courses for ERC transfer students, addresses themes and topics from the pre-modern world (from antiquity to the eighteenth century) and strengthens students’ analytical, research, and writing skills.
- MMW 22
MMW 22, the second of two required courses for ERC transfer students, addresses themes and topics from the modern world (from the eighteenth century to the present) and strengthens transfer students’ analytical, research, and writing skills.