Michael Brescia

Dr. Michael Brescia,

Arizona State Museum,

University of Arizona

Wednesday, March 11, 2020,

2:30-4:30 p.m.,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

In this four-part series, Dr. Michael Brescia takes us beyond the media headlines and political soundbites and re-introduces us to the history of the world since 1500 via the premise that political, economic, and cultural interconnections and inter-dependencies among peoples of the world—nowadays called “globalization”—have deep roots in the past. Since the late 15th century, societies and cultures around the world unfolded not in isolation but rather as a consequence of their relationships with neighboring and sometimes distant peoples. 

After his broad introduction March 4, Dr. Brescia’s second lecture, “On the Cusp of the Medieval and Modern Worlds,” explores the intersection of religious and social ideas, political development and economic interests that gave rise to capitalism, early modern empires, and multicultural societies from about 1450-1640, with attention to the slave trade and European overseas objectives.

In the third and fourth lectures (March 18 and April 1), Dr. Brescia will examine the origins of the Enlightenment and its consequences in Asia, Africa, and North America as well as Europe (1368-1805); and the emergence of industrialism and rise of imperialism that led to two global conflicts in the twentieth century.  

Dr. Brescia is Curator of Ethnohistory in the Arizona State Museum with faculty affiliations in the Department of History and the College of Law at the University of Arizona.   He has co-authored two books examining the broader historical forces shaping our continent from Pre-Columbian times to the present: Mexico and the United States: Ambivalent Vistas (2010), and North America: An Introduction (2009). Returning to the ASA by popular demand, Dr. Brescia delivered five lectures here in 2018-19. 

Compiled by Marna Broekhoff and Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteers

March 11: “Toward an Understanding of World History and Globalization—Part II, On the Cusp of Medieval and Modern Worlds”