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Western Civ. 1-Introduction

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Margaret Peacock

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History of Western Civilizations: 1648-present
Dr. Margaret Peacock
The Scientific Revolution
Why study the history of the West?

Technology policy
Slides (or the lack thereof)
Extra Credit
Sections: Attendance, Quizzes,
Participation, Readings
The Syllabus
Everything is on Blackboard
Your TA is your best friend
You are expected to learn all of the important events, ideas, people, and movements for 350 years of European history. This is not a high school course and you will need to work hard if you want to pass.
Statistics say that 77% of you will pass with a D or better. This means that 27% will fail.
Do not be the 27%.
Managing Expectations:
How NOT to be the 27%
Sections meet at these times and in these places:
HY 102-002, Fri, 9:00-9:50, Manly Hall 207 (McKinney)
HY 102-003, Fri, 9:00-9:50, ten Hoor 353 (Prather)
HY 102-004, Fri, 9:00-9:50, ten Hoor 352A (Crosby)
HY 102-005, Fri, 11:00-11:50, ten Hoor 119 (McKinney)
HY 102-006, Fri, 11:00-11:50, ten Hoor 348 (Prather)
HY 102-007, Fri, 11:00-11:50, ten Hoor 259 (Crosby)
HY 102-008, Thu, 8:00-8:50, ten Hoor 256 (McKinney)
HY 102-009, Thu, 8:00-8:50, ten Hoor 119 (Prather)
HY 102-010, Thu, 8:00-8:50, ten Hoor 348 (Crosby)
HY 102-011, Thu, 12:30-1:20, ten Hoor 119 (McKinney)
HY 102-012, Thu, 12:30-1:30, ten Hoor 348 (Prather)
HY 102-013, Thu, 12:30-1:30, ten Hoor 259 (Crosby)

Come to Lecture and Section.
Do the reading and participate in discussion.
Do not write your paper the night before it is due.
Take lots of notes in class. Do not just copy down the slides.
Contact me or your TA EARLY if you are struggling.

What are The Big Questions European History forces us to ask?
Renaissance Humanism
The New World
The Wars of Religion
The Protestant Reformation
Now we search for new answers....
Why should we study history?
Why should we consider being history majors?
Or a better question: Why shouldn't we?
Because you can't get a job

All history majors
Chris Hughes (co-founder of Facebook)
Donna Dubinsky (CEO of Palm, Inc.;developed the Personal Digital Assistant [PDA])
Samuel Palmisano (CEO of the IBM Corporation)
Carly Fiorina (president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard)
Howard Stringer (chairman and CEO of the Sony Corporation)
Richard B. Fisher (chairman of Morgan Stanley)
Lee Iacocca (CEO of Chrysler)
Charles Sennott (co-founder and vice president of Global News)
Ben Silverman (co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio)
Robert Johnson (CEO of BET TV)
James Kilts (CEO of the Gillette Corporation)
Charles L. Hill (CEO of Veritas et Lux, president of the Boston Society of Security Analysts)
Clemson Smith Muñiz (founder and president of Smith Muñiz Productions, a Spanish-language sports media company)
Samuel J. Palmisano (Chief Executive Officer of IBM)
Jim Rogers (founder of the Quantum Fund, creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index)
All History Majors...
Because you enjoy being lied to, tricked, and exploited by other people, governments, and corporations.
“There’s a sucker born every minute.” —attributed to P. T. Barnum

“The essential … leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. … when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it.” —Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propagandist

“One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.” —Niccolo Machiavelli

Because I came to college to party and get my degree. College shouldn't be hard.
And history is hard.
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