University of Arizona Professor of History Douglas Weiner will continue with Part 2 his 4-part lecture “Seeds of Globalization” series on Wednesday (Jan. 14) at 2:30 p.m. with the “Contribution of the Americas” in the making of the modern world.
Weiner will explain why a good portion of Europe and the “Neo-Europes” (new Europes, largely populated by descendants of European settlers, such the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina and New Zealand) became so prosperous by the 19th and 20th centuries. This lecture will examine how the conquest of the Americas was achieved and the “windfall” which allowed colonial powers to extract valuable minerals such as silver and to produce cotton, tobacco, and sugar on slave-powered plantations.
Finally, Weiner will examine how Europeans were able to transform the temperate portions of the Americas and Australasia into extremely successful settler societies that reproduced the landscapes of northwestern Europe and why that was the important “Contribution of the Americas” in the story of global power.
A graduate of New York’s Columbia University, Weiner has been a Professor of History at the University of Arizona since 1988. He is the former president of the American Society for Environmental History. He has taught and studied Russian and Soviet history and environmental history.
Among his publications are Models of Nature: Ecology, Conservation and Cultural Revolution in Soviet Russia and A Little Corner of Freedom: Russian Nature Protection from Stalin to Gorbachev.
Written by George Scholz, Academy Village Volunteer
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