I am re-constructing how my institution approaches our freshman section of world history. I have crafted five overaching "big picture" categories that will allow me a good deal of flexibilty as to what specific topics I selct for case studies. The categories are: 1) war and warfare; 2) science and technology; 3) art and literature; 4) transport and travel; 5) culture and society.
My goal with this post is to crowd source for specific topical ideas (e.g. impact of a single item such as paper) outside of the broader, traditional options such as the Renaissance, Silk Road, etc. For what it is worth, I am not using a traditional textbook - I am using primary sources and articles from the Journal of World History (and other academic journals) exclusivley.