Wednesdays – How Did We Get Here?
Instructor: Steve Pollack
12/1 English exploration – the formation of the British East India Company, and its impact on the rise of the British Empire, especially in the New World and India.
12/8 French exploration – How did the French become involved in early exploration and discovery, and who were their main competitors in the New World, Africa and the Pacific.
12/15 French exploration – the French in the New World – their relationship with Native Americans and competition with the British.
12/22 French exploration – the formation of the French East India Company, and its impact on the rise of the French Empire, especially in the Africa and Indochina.
12/29 The cultural thinkers of the Age of Exploration – who were the great thinkers, writers and artists who helped to influence the Age of Discovery. What do we learn from them as windows to their time, and how did they help shape the point of view of Europe toward the lands they were conquering.