The American Civil War: A Global History

3 credits


Constitutional Democracy

(same as HIST 2150). In this class students will study the American Civil War from the perspective of global history. The familiar actors and events will be covered – the debate over slavery, the secession of the South, the rise of Abraham Lincoln, the great battles and generals, etc. But these familiar episodes will take on different meanings when viewed in relation to global structures of politics, economics, social relations, and ideology. The 1860s was at once a formative moment in the history of globalization and the key decade for the formation and consolidation of modern nations.