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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:

http://www.thefinertimes.com/Middle-Ages/the-black-death.html

The Black Plague and The Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther's 95 Theses:

http://www.luther.de/en/95thesen.html

Martin Luther, The Freedom of a Christian:

http://www.theologynetwork.org/unquenchable-flame/luther/the-freedom-of-the-christian.htm

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: http://historyguide.org/earlymod/columbus.html

 

Bartolome de Las Casas: In Defense of The Indians (excerpts) http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/40/186.html

 

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: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1543copernicus2.asp

 

Overview of Galileo's writings: http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/galileo-galilei/his-writings.html

 

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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