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Then and Now: Global History and Culture

Welcome to our podcast. Current episodes feature lectures from my global culture and history course at the University of Minnesota. The podcast title (Then and Now)  reflects the relationship between today's events with the history forces from the past.

When the podcast began in 2006, it was a project with students in my global history course. We worked together to: (a) review of history topics in the course' (b) special music episodes connecting a country's culture with its artistic production through music; (c) special interview episodes with voices of students and community members as they were part of historical events; (d) 'podcast rebroadcasts' that other history podcasters gave permission to rebroadcast one of their episodes; and (e) music videos that featured important slides from the unit PP presentation. Every episode featureded some of the best independent music artists from a website that makes available podcast-approved songs. Share comments about the podcast with the course instructor, David Arendale,  I am an associate professor  at UMN.  Visit my personal website for other history-related content and other information,  

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Jun 25, 2021

S14-E07 In part four, I continue the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the creation of new social classes such as the working class. We explore the positives and negatives of the IR upon the average people who work in the factories and live in the urban landscape. We do part of this review through...

Jun 18, 2021

S14-E06 In part three, I focus on the impact of the Industrial Revolution on six areas of society: the shift from farm to factory, population growth, urbanization, creation of new social classes, development of new economic theories, and development of new political theories. We stop at the end of my review...

Jun 11, 2021

S14-E05 In part two, I focus on why England was the leader of the Industrial Revolution. The confluence of geographical advantages, its previous dominance as a sea power, economic wealth, and other advantages help to explain why they were the leader in Western Europe. The next episode will focus on the impact of...

Jun 4, 2021

(Bonus) This reading guide provides a foundation for the students as they explore the Industrial Revolution unit. In this course, students were not required to purchase an expensive textbook. 

Jun 4, 2021

(Bonus) Lecture PowerPoint slides for the Industrial Revolution unit for all six parts. To get the maximum value of the lectures, follow along with the PP slides as I talk about each of them.