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Readings For World Civilizations II


Readings For World Civilizations II, Fall Semester 2016

Week One: 8/31

Overview of The Black Death:

The Black Plague and The Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther's 95 Theses:

Martin Luther, The Freedom of a Christian:

Questions to answer:

What was the overall effect on European society due to The Black Death?



Week Two: 9/7

 European Exploration


Writings of Christopher Columbus:


Bartolome de Las Casas: In Defense of The Indians (excerpts)


Questions for the readings: How do each of the author's regard the Native peoples in the "new world"?


Does the account of Las Casas go against the typical story of European exploration?



Week Three: 9/14


Writings of Nicolas Copernicus:


Overview of Galileo's writings:


Questions for the readings:


What are the key points of Copernican theory in regards to the universe and the revolutions of heavenly bodies?


What were Galileo's greatest contributions to the understanding of our universe?



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