Friday, July 27, 2012

Final Exam Today

The Final Exam is today, at 1pm in the same location as the lecture.

Please remember to bring a Bluebook or two.

Also, make sure to use only blue or black pen.

A few of tips for the Final Exam essay responses:

  • take a minute or two and make a quick outline to help organize your thoughts
  • consider the major themes of the class
  • use paragraphs to help show where ideas start and stop
  • don't be afraid to misspell something, just do your best
  • consider the historical change across the course, but make sure to answer the specific question that's being asked
  • also, make sure to note the question you're answering

Thanks very much for a fun class, and good luck to all of you!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Turning in the Essays

Here's some additional info about turning in the Essay assignment:

The Essay assignment is due on Monday, July 23.

The Essay must be turned in via SafeAssign before 11am on the 23rd, before the start of Lecture.

I will be using the copy of the Essay uploaded to iLearn, so you do not have to print out a hard copy.

There is a button on the left-hand side of our Section iLearn page named, "Essay - SafeAssign." Click this button and follow the instructions to upload your paper.

A couple of side notes:
- sometimes SafeAssign will have problems with .odt (OpenOffice) or .docx files, make sure to save your paper as a .doc
- also, if you're having problems uploading, try using the most current version of the Firefox browser

Also, please read the instructions from Professor Patch carefully.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Two immortals playing weiqi

For those of you that were curious about the image of the two Chinese men playing a board game in the header of the website, here's more information and some larger images.

The two men are Daoist immortals and they're playing a game of weiqi, also known as "Go."

These figures are carved on an ivory tusk made sometime in the late 1800s during the Qing Dynasty.

I took these pictures at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana a few months ago, and the tusk is part of a current exhibit called, "Ancient Arts of China, A 5000 Year Legacy."

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Just a reminder that the Midterm is tomorrow (Monday, July 9).

Make sure to bring a BlueBook and a pen (blue or black ink).

Remember to spend most of your time on the Essay portion, but also make sure your answers for the ID's are clear and concise.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Week 2 Journal entry

Just a reminder to make sure that everyone's on track...

Tomorrow night, Sunday, July 1, before 11pm, you should be posting your Journal entry on iLearn for these readings:

Week 2 Journal Entry
Díaz, pp. 14-26, 44-106, (107-125 optional), 126-307.
On iLearn: Thomas Phillips, “A Journal of a Voyage Made in The Hannibal of London in 1694.”
Machiavelli, pp. 15-16 and Chapters 1-10, 12-19, 21-26.

I have updated the Calendar on this website to reflect the dates of the Journal entries, and I have added the dates to the Journal page as well.

We'll be going over all of this in class on Monday, so don't stress-out on this first Journal entry, it's not designed to be a major project.

What should happen, is that you do all the readings for the week and take notes on them, either by handwriting them out, or typing them for yourself, or just highlighting or underlining. Then, with all those notes together, you write a paragraph (about 150 words) that condenses the major ideas from your notes for all the readings.

You don't need to write about every theme, and you don't need to cover every detail of every book -- that information might be in your notes, but the Journal entry should be pretty concise.

As we go through our discussion in class, you can rely on your notes and your Journal entry to talk about the readings. I am the only one that sees the Journal entries, and I will comment on them in iLearn.

These Journal entries are much more about effort than being perfect, so feel free to pose questions in them as well.

Please send me an email if you have any questions at all -- don't be afraid to ask:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Journal entries and class information

I've added some important material to the class website, including the Syllabus page, and a new Journals page. Please read through all of the website pages, and send me an email if you have any questions. I'll also be available during office hours tomorrow.

What's new: Each week you'll write a Journal entry of about 150 words covering all of that week's readings together in one post. This Journal entry will be posted on the Section iLearn page, and I'll read and comment on them. There is a "Journals" button on the left-hand side of the Section iLearn page.

The Journal entries are designed to help you collect some important thoughts from the readings for class discussion. You can pose questions, and you should also try to pull together the major arguments, themes, and ideas from across the readings.

Each week's readings are listed on the Journals page. In order to stay on track with the short length of the course, Week 2 and Week 3 are a little different from the main Syllabus from Professor Patch. Make sure to follow the schedule on the Journals page to stay on track.

Machiavelli has been added to this week's readings, and Week 3 will cover Locke in full. Don't forget to read Felipe Fernández-Armesto, The World: A Brief History as well, it's required for the course but we won't be discussing it in Section directly.

So, by this Sunday night at 11pm you should be posting an entry on the Section iLearn page for these readings:

Week 2 Journal Entry
Díaz, pp. 14-26, 44-106, (107-125 optional), 126-307.
On iLearn: Thomas Phillips, “A Journal of a Voyage Made in The Hannibal of London in 1694.”
Machiavelli, pp. 15-16 and Chapters 1-10, 12-19, 21-26.

Please let me know if you have any questions:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Welcome to the class!

Welcome to World History 1500 - 1900, Section 122 with TA: Steve Anderson

This blog will be the main location for Section announcements through the Summer session.

Across the top of this website are several pages with important information about the class, including the Section SyllabusOver the next few days I'll be adding in more information. Please read each page carefully and let me know if you have any questions.

My email is

Also, make sure and sign-up under "Follow by email" on the right side of the page →