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Re: What are the best pedagogical, most important, non-western primary sources to teach.

Once again, the issue of the West versus Global seems to occupy the space in the discussion. I have no problem with Jeremy's list here. It almost seems astoundingly obvious that much of what is on it still constitutes what it takes to be aware of the intellectual and social traditions and issues that have shaped and still do shape much of our culture. (And by "our" I mean more than the West even in this modern era.)

Re: Crowd Sourcing for Case Study Ideas

Dear Zachary,

I read the following several years ago and enjoyed it, perhaps it would provide a good reading for one week in your course:

The Essence of Commodification: Caffeine Dependencies in the Early Modern World

Ross W. Jamieson

Journal of Social History, Volume 35, Issue 2, 1 December 2001, Pages 269–294, https://doi.org/10.1353/jsh.2001.0125

Published: 01 December 2001

Best of luck with your course! 

Kind Regards, 

Book Suggestions for Course Dev: Food in World History

Cynthia Ross

Texas A&M University - Commerce


Greetings! I am a world historian engaged in environmental history and, in a relatively recent turn, food history. I have the opportunity to develop two different courses for the Fall semester. Both courses will be about food in world history but structured differently at the undergraduate and graduate levels.