This course explores the history of the Indian Ocean World from the rise of Islam through the modern era. For centuries, the lucrative spice trade captivated the attention of empires, drawing in merchants and seafarers from across Asia and Europe, as well as pirates and soldiers seeking fortune, pilgrims and missionaries spreading religion, and slaves and servants toiling in fields and homes. We will examine this cosmopolitan world including the rise of empires and European trading companies to understand how it forged today’s interconnected world. Course topics include slavery, piracy, disease, war, religion, and the fabled spice trade. Prerequisite(s): This course is usually not appropriate for freshmen. Fulfills: Fulfills H in LS Core.
Slaves and Spice: A History of the Indian Ocean
Online - Asynchronous
Start – End Dates
01/04/2021-01/29/2021 (4 weeks)
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