The View from the Sea: Oceans in World History

Summer Institute for k-12 Educators

June 26 – 28, 2017

World History courses often begin with a survey of river-basin societies, exploring the connection between agricultural surplus, irrigation projects, and centralizing power. Oceans and seas are conceived of as places in between - natural regional boundaries traversed only by merchants and military forces.

But what are the contours of a different World History – one with a view from the sea?

A focus on the ocean suggests new ways of thinking about everything from geography and culture to technology and political boundaries. Proximity to favorable prevailing winds and fisheries suddenly seems as influential as access to fresh water and arable land. Ship-building and skillful navigation challenge the prominence of building roads and canals. This focus on the places in between is also, by definition, a study of the history of global interconnectedness (and global conflict).

The 2017 Summer Institute for k-12 teachers will address maritime regions, economies, cultures, conflicts, and technologies to provide teachers with a rich exploration of the role oceans have played in World History.

Teachers from all disciplines are invited to attend this free program either as auditors (8:45 AM to 2:40 PM) or for professional development credit (8:45 AM to 4:00 PM). Space is limited to 35.

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photocredit: Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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