This course examines Modernity (1453-present) through a number of lenses and frameworks.  The inter-relationships between scientific progress, trade and economic advancement will be a major focus.  Students will read important social theorists such as Diamond, Smith, Machiavelli and Marx, not as examples of “The Truth” but rather as important and influential contributors to theories of behavior and change. Interactions between European powers and those of Asia, Africa, and America will be analyzed, as will the causes of colonialism and imperialism.  Industrialization and the social change that it engendered will be analyzed.  When the course moves into the twentieth century, there will be focus on WWI, WWII (including the Holocaust), decolonization, and the Cold War.