This page explains the temporal organization of J. B. Owens's fall 2002 upper-division
undergraduate and graduate course, History 360/560, The Spanish Empire. This course
is part of the core curriculum in comparative and world history of the Department of History,
Idaho State University. The sole purpose of this page is to provide an orientation to the reading
assignments and class sessions for those students enrolled in History 360/560.
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Class Sessions and Reading Assignments
This is a page that lists the class sessions and assignments for J. B. Owens's fall 2002 course The Spanish Empire.
CONSIDER: "An idea is always grasped in relative association, never in absolute isolation, and
no idea, in history, keeps a changeless self-identity."
--Joseph R. Levenson, Confucian China and Its Modern Fate
For your own good, no one who expects to do well in this course should be carrying over
SIXTEEN CREDIT-HOURS this semester; fewer if you are working more than 10 hours per
Grades will be based on the exams, the student project, and on class and SpEmp list participation.
Because class attendance is important, it is MANDATORY. A seating chart will be established,
and attendance will be taken. Permission to miss an exam, to submit late work, or to be absent
from class will only be granted if PRIOR notification has been given to me through the means
provided below, unless such notification is impossible. Because failure to take an exam or to
complete work will give you a zero for the assignment, you should not miss exams, submit
unexcused late work, nor fail to make up any missed exam or assignment for which an excuse has
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- All reading assignments are to be completed by the date indicated. By clicking your mouse
on the highlighted date, you will find additional information and/or study questions about each
session. The information and questions are designed to highlight material important for the
course's analytical approach. Therefore, you must make sure that
you understand this approach.
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- 27 August Course introduction: access, interaction,
- 3 September Routes, networks, and interactions.
- 10 September. PROJECT BIBLIOGRAPHY due by 1:00 pm.
- 10 September Iberian monarchies between Mediterranean
- 17 September Africa and the Estado da India.
- 24 September Integrating the Americas in the First Global
- 1 October "Plague Era" America and the Great Conquests.
- 4 October. EXAMINATION ESSAYS due by 1:00 p.m.
- 8 October European territorial expansion: the Habsburg
- 15 October Slavery in Africa, Atlantic networks, and
working American resources.
- 22 October Defining policy in a troubled age: Whose
interests? What place?
- 29 October Human migrations and information networks:
living and working in Castilian and Portuguese America.
- 5 November Africans and Christianity: networked
interactions and the shaping of the interpretive schemes of the cultural environment.
- 8 November. EXAMINATION ESSAYS due by 1:00 p.m.
- 12 November Roots of a "Golden Age"; roots of "decline."
- 19 November. RESEARCH PROJECT due at the beginning of class.
- 19 November The "New Colonialism" and Latin American
- 26 November. NO CLASS. Thanksgiving Holiday Week.
- 3 December The "Black Legend" and European science.
- 10 December The "Patriotic Epistemology" and the Atlantic
- 17 December [5:30-7:30 pm] THIRD EXAMINATION.
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Revised: 27 August 2002