Tag Archives: On Teaching

Column: Shaping the Vernacular Landscape of San Francisco’s Chinatown

Shaping the Vernacular Landscape of San Francisco’s Chinatown San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood is a notable landmark in San Francisco as its architecture, culture, and customs are distinct from the rest of the city. San Francisco’s Chinatown is significant as it the largest Chinatown in the world outside of Asia. What is notable about Chinatown is the neighborhood has retained its

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Ongoing Forum: Book Reviews and the Teaching of World History, 2018 Cohorts

Ongoing Forum: Book Reviews and the Teaching of World History, 2018 Cohorts HIST3029 Transnational History: A New Perspective on the Past The University of Hong Kong Semester 1, 2017-18 Dr Birgit Schneider After teaching HIST3029, my favorite course here at HKU, for the third time, I am left amazed about how much of a difference a cohort can make. The

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Review Essay – Capitalism by Any Other Name: Towards a synthesis of competing visions

Review Essay – Capitalism by Any Other Name: Towards a synthesis of competing visions Abstract: The concept of capitalism is bound up not only with how and why Europe came to dominate the globe, but also with bitter contemporary debates on modernity and global inequality. This article examines competing conceptions of capitalism as formulated by conservative social theorists and world

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On Teaching – Food for Thought: Five Ways to Think About (and Teach) the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Food for Thought: Five Ways to Think About (and Teach) the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Steven A. Glazer is professor of History at Graceland University, in Lamoni, Iowa. The author would like to thank the reviewers and editors of THE MIDDLE GROUND for their helpful suggestions to improve an earlier draft. Portions of this first paper were originally presented at the Midwest

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On Teaching Column: What Is Informal Imperialism?

Column: What Is Informal Imperialism? Mathieu Gotteland, M.A., Doctorant en histoire, allocataire du Ministère de la Défense, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne Abstract: This article aims to explain in a theoretical way, but with practical historical examples the complex notion of informal imperialism. First analyzing imperialism(s) and colonialism as a whole, it will then try to characterize and categorize more specifically

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Girmit Connections to Global Networks: South Asians and the Pacific Labor Trade

Girmit Connections to Global Networks: South Asians and the Pacific Labor Trade Abstract: This article considers how the experiences of South Asian indentured laborers in Fiji links the Pacific labor migrations of the late 19th and early 20th century to larger global movements of workers. In doing so, it offers one avenue through which to incorporate the Pacific into the

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Column: Partnership in the Japanese and American Imaginary: Gender and the Mediation of Difference in Hayao Miyazaki’s and Walt Disney Studio’s Animated Movies

Column: Partnership in the Japanese and American Imaginary: Gender and the Mediation of Difference in Hayao Miyazaki’s and Walt Disney Studio’s Animated Movies Abstract This paper compares two animated movies made by Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and Princess Mononoke (1997) and two movies made by Disney Studios: Little Mermaid (1989) and Pocahontas (1995). The

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Column: From Plato to Ebola?: Introducing World History in a First Year Seminars on Epidemics

Abstract: How can world historians take advantage of interdisciplinary general education requirements to introduce new students to the methods and uses of history? When survey courses are not institutionalized, specialized courses that draw on individual faculty members’ expertise and fit into general education curricular niches may be the best option. This essay describes my efforts in a First Year Seminar

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The Ancient Asheville Project: Making Ancient and Medieval World History More Meaningful

The Ancient Asheville Project: Making Ancient and Medieval World History More Meaningful Abstract: This essay introduces an assignment that leverages the local community and the interests of students to make learning about ancient and medieval world history more meaningful and engaging and helps students to better grasp the commonalities and differences between the ancient or medieval and the modern world.

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Teaching a World History Capstone Course on Globalization by Mark B. Tauger

Teaching a World History Capstone Course on Globalization by Mark B. Tauger Certainly almost every reader has had the experience of producing a capstone project, as a student composing it or an instructor supervising it (or both). By now most colleges and universities require students in every major to demonstrate what they have learned by completing a substantial final project

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Ongoing Forum: Book Reviews and the Teaching of World History

The Middle Ground Journal Ongoing Forum: Book Reviews and the Teaching of World History Editors: Dr. Birgit Schneider and Dr. Hong-Ming Liang This forum has two goals. It seeks, in general, to establish a platform for discussing different approaches to teaching world history, including different class formats, different course structures and content, etc. In addition, it strives to evaluate the

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King Richard III On Teaching Column The Middle Ground Journal

King Richard III On Teaching Column The Middle Ground Journal These sixteenth-century pieces of literature from two prominent English authors set the stage for one of the most notorious people in history, King Richard III of England. Richard, duke of Gloucester (1452-1485), was the third son of Richard Plantagenet, duke of York, and the formidable Cecily Neville. The duke of

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