This course explores the history of the world since 1500, paying specific attention to interaction between peoples and regions in the early modern and modern eras. Students will be challenged to recognize the often widespread interconnections of historical events and experiences around the world. We will investigate the processes of globalization, evaluating the effects of increasing communication, speed and mobility in diverse national contexts as well as the contribution of these developments to emerging transnational communities. This course does not attempt to cover the entire world. It focuses instead on key sites of integration and change such as labor migrations, trade routes, colonial expansion, revolutions, the spread of disease, gender relationships, social movements, and the languages of rights.