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Trade is a potent driver of change—economic, political, and social. Beginning with primitive exchanges in the remote past, this course traces the emergence of trade and long-distance commerce in Europe, Africa, and Asia. As trade expanded, interconnections among distant markets and financial resources accelerated. Students will witness these processes at work in the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea, the Mediterranean, Europe’s Atlantic Coast, and the Baltic Sea. The 17th and 18th centuries saw long-distance commerce move to the center of state policy and in the 19th century breed exploitive colonial systems buoyed by trade. Global war traumatized international trade in the 20th century but gave rise to our world of supertankers, giant container ships, global air freight, and monetary transfers at the speed of light.

Emphasis varies by semester; designed to allow flexibility in course offerings from visiting scholars and specialists in particular fields. Past examinations have included imagery and ideology of Irish nationalism, Irish American popular folk culture, and the Irish in America. Recently, focus has concentrated on the oral history of the Irish in America with course instruction in conducting oral history interviews, writing an archival finding aid, and in editorial decision making for public history projects.






Fall 2021

Thomas M Truxes
MW: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM ERIN 102