Frontiers and Borderlands in World History

The Berlin Wall, 1962.Beginning in autumn 2018, I will teach a new "Explorations in World History" (Hist 153) course at Calvin College on the thematic topic of frontiers and borderlands. I am particularly excited about this, and am building upon four years of successfully teaching a less-expansive (but higher level) Roman Frontiers course at Canterbury Christ Church University.

This course introduces students to world history through the lens of frontiers, borders, and borderlands across chronological periods and geographical regions. The course qualifies for Calvin's "historical foundations" core/general education requirement and will, therefore, include students who are not ordinarily focusing on history as part of their degree. I'm really looking forward to this, as it provides the opportunity to teach a wider range of students with different backgrounds and interests, and also to spark decisions to focus studies on History and/or Archaeology. The course syllabus is still under development, but I look forward to sharing more details about this in the coming months and, particularly, to sharing how the first semester goes.

Image Credits

  • The Berlin Wall, 1962, from West Berlin. Photographer: Henri Cartier-Bresson. Photo courtesy of Magnum Photos via Flickr.

This page was last updated on 18 May 2018.