For Teachers: Teachers' Guide



The Introduction includes a brief overview of the new directions in scholarship about world economic history that have emerged over the last twenty years. In a short video clip ("Modern: The Tyranny of the European Model") Bin Wong describes the traditional Eurocentric interpretation of world history.

Key Terms/Vocabulary


Study Questions

  1. Certain developments within Europe are traditionally seen as preceding European overseas exploration. What are these? How did our understanding of these developments shape our understanding of Europe’s interaction with the rest of the world?
  2. In general, what has been the traditional contrast drawn between Europe and the rest of the world (Asia, Africa, and the New World)?
  3. Why have people begun to question the traditional interpretation of world history over the last twenty years?

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the implications of a Eurocentric interpretation of history for today’s world?