Unit 2 Assignment Sheet

 

Assignment 1. Cuba's Transformation

  • Louis A. Perez, "Socialist Cuba," Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution (Oxford UP: 2011), 257-290. [PDF]
  • Julia E. Sweig and Michael J. Bustamente, "Cuba after Communism: The Economic Reforms that are Transforming the Island," Foreign Affairs 92(4) (July 2013), 1010-114. [PDF]
  • Watch the rest of the BBC Cuba documentary: [LINK]

Questions to Consider:

  1. What reforms have been instituted in Cuba over the past half decade?
  2. What are the reasons for Cuba's economic problems?
  3. What was predicted when the Soviet Union stopped subsidizing Cuba?
  4. What actually happened?
  5. What is Latin America's attitude towards Cuba and America's dealings with Cuba?

Assignment 2. Historicizing Globalization-Definitions, Dimensions & Periodization

  • Steger, ch. 2.
  • Short History of Globalization, preface,chapters, 1-3.

Questions to Consider:

  1. How does Steger periodize the stages of globalization?
  2. In what ways is Osterhammel's and Petersson's periodization similar or different from Steger's?
  3. In what ways is Osterhammel's and Petersson's understanding of globazation similar or different from Steger's in terms of:
    • Definition
    • Dimensions
    • Periodization
  4. What were the highpoints and lowpoints in globalization prior to 1750?

Assignment 3. Historicizing Globalization-1750-1880

  • Steger, ch. 4.

Questions to Consider:

  1. How did European imperialism contribute to globalization?
  2. How about the industrialization revolution?
  3. What role did free trade play in challenging the imperial prefence system and contribute to globalizing tendencies? what were the limitations of this challenge?

Assignment 4. Historicizing Globalization-1880-1945

  • SH, ch. 5.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Why was the period leading up to WWI considered a highpoint of globalization?
  2. What were the so-called "holes in the net"?
  3. How did imperialism and WWI impact globalization?
  4. How about the crises of the 1920s and 1930s; could they have been avoided? Were there any tendencies that ran counter to the undermining of globalization?
  5. How did WWII contribute to globalizing tendencies?

Assignment 5. Interwoven Globe

  • For info on the Interwoven Globe exhibit, click here.
  • Read one of the following articles in preparation for our visit to the exhibit:
    • John Guy, "'One Thing Leads to Another:' Indian Textiles and the Early Globalization of Style," Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800 (Metropolitian Museum of Art, 2013), 12-27. [PDF]
    • Amelia Peck, "'India Chints' and 'China Taffaty': East India Company Textiles for the North American Market," Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800 (Metropolitian Museum of Art, 2013), 104-119. [PDF]

Questions to Consider:

  1. To what extent does the textile trade provide insight into the historical development of globalization?

Assignment 6. Historicizing Globalization-1945-mid-1970s

  • SH, ch. 6.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Why were the 30 years after WWII known as a "golden age"?
  2. Can we speak of globalization if the world was divided into 2 competing ideological blocs?
  3. What were the major institutions of the global economy?
  4. To what extent can we speak of "sociocultural" globalization?

Assignment 7. Historicizing Globalization Since 1975

  • SH, ch. 7.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What have been the globalizing tendencies since the 1970s?
  2. Which institutions have been prominent in faciltating economic integration?
  3. Given previous global history, is the direction of globalization inevitable?

Assignment 8. Summing Up Globalization

  • Come to class prepared to ask for clarification of events during the 20th century that enhanced or retarded globalization

 

Assignment 9. TBA

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