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
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?