This course tells a story of continuous change in all aspects of society during the Modern Era, which stretches from 1492 until today. The class examines the period of economic, cultural, and philosophical upheaval that accompanied European contact with the New World, as well as the Protestant Reformation and Enlightenment. Students then trace two of the long-term effects of the Enlightenment’s focus on human reason: The French and Industrial Revolutions. The class then focuses on the effects of these revolutions on the ability of humans to kill one another, from the “Great Game” of the 1880s through the two World Wars. Finally, students explore the interconnected world that emerged at the end of WWII, and the ways in which the Cold War, decolonization, and the contemporary era have strengthened and weakened these connections.