Fall 2006

History 231: The Origins of the Contemporary World: Prehistory to late 18th century

Section 14 (rm. 2303N, 1:55-3:10)     and     Section 16 (rm. 206T, 3:35-4:50)

Newsome231.14@kleos-clarus.org                           Newsome231.16@kleos-clarus.org


Taught by Daniel Newsome: Office: 4324N (Office Hour - Mon. 1:00-1:55 or by appointment)



Class PoliciesResearch ToolsExtra Credit

Text: The New Penguin History of the World by J.M. Roberts, 4th ed.

(ISBN: 0141007230)


Week of




Additional Readings and Assignments

1: Aug. 30




Introduction to the class.  Fame, Kleos, Claritas, etc.

In class article on fame (468 KB)

2: Sept. 4-6


and Energy

pp. 1-29

Class Policy document.—Study this like material for a test.

Assignment 1- Crosby and Roberts readings and written assignment.

3: Sept. 11-13

Early Civilizations I

and Energy

pp. 29-49

Assignment 2- Crosby and Roberts readings and written assignment.

4: Sept. 18-20

Early Civilizations II


Assignment 3 – Marduk and Roberts and illustrated epic

5: Sept. 25-27

Exam I on Monday


Assignment 4 – Exam thoughts and McWhorter assignment.


Unit One is Closed. 9/29


(9/27/06)--Homework is now closed. 

  Extra Credit

6: Oct. 3-4

Language and Projects


Assignment 1b – McWhorter and Rosetta Stone

7: Oct. 11

Homer - Mycenaean Civ.

pp. 95-105

Assignment 2b – Homer

8: Oct. 16-18

Greek/Roman-- Classical Studies

pp. 165-187

pp. 188-194

pp. 200-211

Assignment 3b – Homer, Pythagoras, Plato, and Ptolemy

9: Oct. 23-25

Roman World

pp. 227-259

Assignment 4b – Rome and Jews and Christians

10: Oct. 30- Nov. 1

Early Christianity


Assignment 5b – Early Christianity, Pagels

11: Nov. 6-8

Early Islam



Assignment 6b – Islam and Ibn Tufail

12: Nov. 13-15

Islamic Worldview

Wed. Nov.

15th: EXAM

Assignment 7b – Ibn Tufayl cont.       ..&  Exam on Wed.

Homework for this unit will not be accepted after this week.

13: Nov. 20

(No class Nov. 22)

East-West Issues


Assignment 1c – Crusades.

14: Nov. 27-29

Siege Tactics and the Early Renaissance


Papers Due on Monday the 27th.

Assignment 2c – Art, Science, Literature, Craft, Cardano, Rabelais Bishop Landa

15: Dec. 4-6

Europe meets Mexico


pp. 483-488

Assignment 3c – Bishop Landa and the Maya.

16: Dec. 11-13

Yucatan and Japan


pp. 466-476

Assignment 4c – Yucatan and Samurai

17: Final Exams

      Dec. 18

Section 14--12:30-2:30

Section 16--4:00-6:00


It has been lots of fun and Im exhausted.  I have updated all of the web pages that you will want to visit for the Final Exam.  I put up my lecture notes and picture shows and all that sort of stuff. The exam will cover everything since the last exam (from Nov. 20 onwards).  Here is a link for a description of the exam and a few parting thoughts.

       EXAM LINK

2nd paper will be due at the Exam.









 *Complete the assigned readings before the class meetings. 

Disclaimer: This is not a static document.  It will be updated each week, so check it regularly.


Remember, its not so much a matter of what, but how.  What happened in history is endless, and interesting.  But how history works is the mystery. 



Due to popular demand, I have posted some excerpts from the comic books:

    Enuma Elish Comic Books: Enuma231.14.pdf [3.1 MB] and Enuma231.16.pdf [1.6 MB]


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Treat me with respect, and I will do likewise.  Let me know ahead of time about any issues that may affect your attendance or any possible disruptions to class. Cell phone disturbances and wandering in and out of the room during class will be noted and considered an absence.  I reserve the right to evaluate your behavior in class.  If I determine your presence to be a detriment to the overall class I will ask you to leave.