43.421 The Age of European Global Expansion, 1400-1850

The Age of European Global Expansion, 1400-1850

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38593
Status Active

This course examines the history of European global expansion from 1400-1850. The course begins with the medieval roots of European expansion. We then focus our attention on the expansion of the seaborne empires of Portugal and Spain beginning in the fifteenth century and those of their later challengers- the Dutch, the French, and the British. This course emphasizes how European efforts at empire building in the early modern period were often limited, a process shaped by capacities of the many diverse local populations that Europeans encountered. In addition, European expansion aided in the processes of global integration as it promoted the exchanges of goods,people,germs,plants, diets, ideas, and cultures.