Global History Lab

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In this global history course, you will learn not just by reading and watching lectures, but also by analyzing historical documents and applying your knowledge. The core of this course is a series of weekly lab assignments in which you and your fellow students will work in teams to use historical knowledge from the course to solve problems and develop new connections and interpretations of primary historical materials.

The course begins in 1300 AD at the height of the Silk Road, the triumphs of the Mongol Empire, and the spread of one of the most devastating contagions of all time, the Black Death. It examines the emergence of an international system of competitive empires and its effect on trade and exchange. We look at the Age of Revolution, and discuss industrialization during the 1800s. The course concludes with a close look at the 20th century and current-day globalization.

Course themes include migration and statelessness...

In this global history course, you will learn not just by reading and watching lectures, but also by analyzing historical documents and applying your knowledge. The core of this course is a series of weekly lab assignments in which you and your fellow students will work in teams to use historical knowledge from the course to solve problems and develop new connections and interpretations of primary historical materials.

The course begins in 1300 AD at the height of the Silk Road, the triumphs of the Mongol Empire, and the spread of one of the most devastating contagions of all time, the Black Death. It examines the emergence of an international system of competitive empires and its effect on trade and exchange. We look at the Age of Revolution, and discuss industrialization during the 1800s. The course concludes with a close look at the 20th century and current-day globalization.

Course themes include migration and statelessness, economic integration, warfare and conflict, the transformation of the ecological balance, and cultural responses and innovations. To grapple with these themes, we explore first-hand perspectives of historical actors through a collection of texts and images.


This course integrates and actively supports groups of refugee learners in refugee camps in the Horn of Africa and Jordan, collaborating with students at Princeton, in a global learning partnership with InZone at the University of Geneva. This partnerships benefits from collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Azraq and Kakuma refugee camps, CARE in Azraq refugee camp and British Council in Amman, and from financial support from Princeton University, the University of Geneva and the Ford Foundation. We express our sincere appreciation to all who contribute to the implementation of this global learning project.


Course material
For you to engage in this experience, Global History Lab will provide you with historical content and a series of collaborative lab activities. Although the lectures are designed to be self-contained, we recommend (but do not require) that you refer to the book Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World: From 1000 CE to the Present (Fourth Edition) (vol. 2), which was written specifically for this course.

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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
Excellent. I never saw a better course. This is the second time that I will take the course. I only wanted to see if the course will be exactly the same one from last year or not.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
Brilliant content provided a solid view of over 700 years of history. The Instructor provided engaging lectures which kept my interest all through the whole course. The team work left a lot to be desired with only a couple of contributors I found this very frustrating but that cannot be a reflection of the course. With multi national participants provided interesting and varied input and views, sometimes a bit of nationalistic views came through when uncomfortable periods of history were dealt with. Even the instructor showed signs of defensiveness particularly over the participation of the USA in slavery saying that only 300.000 slaves of a total of 10 to 11 million was not as bad as others. History should be faced up to warts and all! and trying to excuse one's own sins by pointing to others as being worse is patently wrong. The assignment section was fantastic but difficult to coordinate with team members in different time zones a... Brilliant content provided a solid view of over 700 years of history. The Instructor provided engaging lectures which kept my interest all through the whole course. The team work left a lot to be desired with only a couple of contributors I found this very frustrating but that cannot be a reflection of the course. With multi national participants provided interesting and varied input and views, sometimes a bit of nationalistic views came through when uncomfortable periods of history were dealt with. Even the instructor showed signs of defensiveness particularly over the participation of the USA in slavery saying that only 300.000 slaves of a total of 10 to 11 million was not as bad as others. History should be faced up to warts and all! and trying to excuse one's own sins by pointing to others as being worse is patently wrong. The assignment section was fantastic but difficult to coordinate with team members in different time zones around the world. I think forming groups in the same time zones could overcome some of this problem. On some occasions differing views on the assignment meant that who edited last prevailed. Because of the many variations in the assignment area you could undertake this course a number of times. For those that completed the course it would be very good if you could return to future courses and be a contributor in the assignment area only therefore not redoing all the lectures and question and answers. But I salute the instructor and his staff on a first rate learning module and would recommend to anyone who has an interest in post 1300 history that this course is a must!! Thanks again
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8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
I took twice the course and it is wonderful. Mr. Adelman is a great teacher. He makes very easy to follow the course and the way he teaches is very enjoyable.
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2 years, 4 months ago
It's unfortunate the this course and the earlier version "A History of the World since 1300" are no longer available (on edx and Coursera, respectively).
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2 years, 10 months ago
This is one of the best history courses I have taken and I have taken many. It is a comprehensive look at the history of the world since the Middle Ages. They only warning is that it is much more time consuming than most MOOC's. The weekly lectures are much longer than most MOOC's and they have team essays produced every two weeks. However that this likely the best way to cover such an expansive topic so I found it well worth the time.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 2 months ago
I think the content is an eye opener especially for those of us who are History teachers. I believe the instructor is capable and the provider is well recognized.
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