As the world becomes more interconnected and less regional, globalism demands that we look beyond our roots in western civilization and expand to understand cultural roots of other regions. In this new landscape, the traditional Western Civilization course is now being replaced or offered along side with World History. The LibGuides HI 110 – World History I and HI 111- World History II are working to find materials that speak to the new sense of interconnected world where every culture’s history is important.
Both LibGuides present the usual books, articles, eBooks, and other sources that are familiar to those who have taken Western Civilization, but there is a high emphasis on social history. Sources that discuss topics like marriage, family life, cuisine, religion, clothing, and what people did for leisure in different regions and epochs is one of the biggest goals for this LibGuide.
HI 110 begins with the dawn of man to the end of medieval period. HI 111 begins with the early modern period and ends at the beginning of the 21st century. Material that discuss East Asian cultures like China and Japan, or the cultures that have developed in the Indus Valley are being added as soon as they become available. This also includes African, Meso-American, Middle Eastern, and Oceanic history as well.
You can access both LibGuides at https://libguides.bellevue.edu/World_History_I and https://libguides.bellevue.edu/World_History_II. For more information about LibGuides or general research help, please contact the Bellevue University Reference Desk by emailing them at: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 402-557-7313, or use the 24/7 Librarian Chat service on the Library’s website.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 24 No. 1, Winter 2020.