East Tennessee State University

Department of History

HIST 1110 World History to 1500

Mr. Burgess

"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were
born is to remain always a child. For what
the worth of human life, unless it is woven into
the life of our ancestors by the records of history?"

-Marcus Tullius Cicero

Course Description: This course will deal with the development of civilization on a world scale from its beginnings in pre-history to the fifteenth century of the modern era. Beginning with the Paleolithic period, we will trace the development of organized agriculture, with its attendant technological advances, and their effects on early civilizations, as well as the subsequent development of political, social, cultural, and religious institutions.

Lectures: 2 per week. You will be able to review the weekly lectures/PowerPoint presentations on theweb:

Attendance: Attendance is not required as an aspect of your grade. However, this is difficult and unfamiliar material. Failure to attend on a regular basis may materially affect your grade. There is normally a direct relationship between consistency of attendance and grades. I do not mind if you are occasionally late, but if you are late, please be quiet when coming in to the classroom.

Please take note: Because the University requires regular attendance taking, as it has an impact on funding,
we will be taking attendance, for the purpose of reporting your attendance or non-attendance to the Registrar.
Each seat is numbered, by the second class you will be expected to have chosen a seat and you will be expected
to be in that seat on the days which you attend. If you are not, you will be marked as absent.

Examinations: a six week, twelve week and final exam will be given in this course. Examinations will be primarily objective in style. This will require that you have a clear grasp of both the lecture material and the reading assignments. You are responsible for both.

Grading: exams count 33% each. However, your final grade need not necessarily reflect a strict numerical average of your individual grades. Grades will not be "curved": I refuse to penalize those who study by lowering their grades so that slackers can pass. However, some credit may be given for improvement over the course of the semester, if, in my professional judgment, it is warranted. No extra-credit. I have an ethical problem with agreeing to have you do extra work, when all you need to do is to concentrate on the basic work expected of everyone. Again, no extra credit. Please do not embarrass us both by asking.

Class participation: Please do the reading assignments and participate in class discussions, as well as you can, given the size of the class. Failure to do so will not hurt your grade, but participation may cause you to be given the benefit of the doubt in computing your final average.

Class behavior: This is a large class. As a consequence, you may believe that you able to talk to your neighbors and to be disruptive to a degree not possible in a smaller classroom. Nothing could be further from the truth. Please, do not make the mistake of acting as if you do think this. No disruptive behavior will be tolerated. If you make it difficult for your fellow students to be attentive, you are basically stealing from them. If you make it difficult for me to lecture, you are doing the same thing, besides being rude and redneck. If you are causing problems, I will point it out. If I have to do it a second time, you are out of the class. If you find that you are unable to control your compulsive urge to be rude and disruptive, please don=t come to class.

Make up your mind prior to the beginning of my lecture whether or not you want to be in class that day. If you do not, do not come in the first place or else leave before I begin. No hard feelings. If you don't want to be here, I don't care what you are doing. If you stay, do not get up and walk out while I am talking...unless you are actively throwing up on your neighbors or are being possessed by ghosts or aliens.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that because you "paid for this class," you are entitled to do whatever you want. That is the attitude of a five year old. There are a whole lot of people here who also paid for this class, who are hard-working, decent people, parents (some single parents) with children and others who have to work full time and spend a large portion of their income on tuition and books, and you are not entitled to make it difficult for them. If you cannot act like an adult, then drop the class. We have the forms available for you, and will be more than happy to supply you with one, if you find that rudeness and thoughtlessness toward others often permeates your social behaviors.

Illness/Flu: If you are sick, don't come to class! If you have the flu, don't come to class! No one wants to be around you and your snotty nose. No one will admire yours stick-to-itiveness; No one cares.

I have edited the syllabus, since the jokes seem to have offended someone in the class. However, all of those "jokes" were based upon real episodes with students in the past and I was just simply trying to make a point in an amusing and non-confrontational way. Apparently, that failed. Sorry

You all asked if you could have access to the PowerPoint Presetnations. If that would be helpful to you then, of course, I am happy to do so. Please bear in mind that I am working on some and they are not there. The links are below.

Cell-phones, beepers, and assorted electronic devices: Turn off your cell-phones, beepers, and other such devices, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF such as heart or insulin monitors. If I hear a cell-phone, it=s mine. Unless you are a doctor, nurse, EMT, or a parent with a sick child, there is nothing which cannot wait until the class is over. If you fall into one of the above categories, let me know now.

Office hours: 107 Rogers-Stout, T 2:30 to 3:30, W 2:45 to 3:45 or else by appointment

Telephone: (423) 439-6691

Email: Burgessw@etsu.edu

History Department Chat Room: http://www.etsu.edu/cas/history/chat.htm

History Department Web Page: http://www.etsu.edu/cas/history/hist.htm

-it is hugh and useful. Please go and look at it and let me know if you have suggestions

for useful additions or pages with links for interesting subjects. Thanks

If there is any student in the class who has need for test-taking or note-taking accommodation, please feel free to come and discuss this with me.

Books: Buy them!! Read them!!...

Bentley and Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters

Wolfe. Problems and Personalities, vol. 1

Reading assignments: You are responsible for the reading assignments. It is not my job to simply recite the book to you. You are responsible for the basic information in the books; I am responsible for explanation and elaboration on that information.

1. Pre-History

Traditions, 8-28

2. Primary Phase Cultures: Mesopotamia and Egypt

Traditions, 32-54; Wolfe, Ch. 1

3. Primary Phase Cultures: India and China

Traditions, 58-99

Wolf Ch. 3 (Confucius), Ch. 5 (Sima Qian), Ch. 6 (Shi


4. Primary Phase Cultures: the Americas and Oceania

Traditons, 103-124

5. Persia and the Early Hebrews

Traditions, 131-150 Wolfe Ch. 1, (Moses), Ch. 2 (Zoroaster)

6. Classical India and China

Traditions, 153-175 , 177-197

Wolf Ch. 2 (Buddha), Ch. 4 (Mahavira), Ch. 4 (Asoka)

7. Classical Greece

Traditions, 199-223

Wolf Ch. 3 (Plato), Ch. 4 (Diogenes) Ch. 5 (Thucydides)

8. Rome: The Republic and the Empire

Traditions, 225-247

Wolf, Ch. 5

9. Cross-Cultural Exchanges: Europe and Asia: this will be part of other lectures

Traditions, 249-271

10. The Later Roman Empire: Byzantium

Traditions, 280-301

11. The Rise and Spread of Islam

Traditions, 303-325

12. Diffusion of Cultures: Japan, Polynesia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Traditions, 429-449

13. China: The Sui, Tang and Song Dynasties

Traditions, 328-352

14. Medieval Europe

Traditions, 379-400, 451-475

Wolf, Chapter 8, 9

15. The Mongols and Tartars

Traditions, 407-426

16. The Americas, 1000-1500 A.D.: Post-Classical

Traditions, 447-491

Sorry: Quick and dirty list.

There are a couple missing. I will work on finding them.