Dr. Michael Brescia,
Arizona State Museum,
University of Arizona
Wednesday, April 1, 2020,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
In this four-part series, Dr. Michael Brescia has re-introduced us to the history of the world since around 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 his broad introduction of historical approaches to the modern world on March 4, he has covered the origins of global interdependence (1450-1640—March 11); and religious and cultural changes beyond Europe, the Enlightenment and its consequences (1368-1805—March 18).
In his fourth and final lecture, “Industrialization and its Global Impact on the Twentieth Century,” Dr. Brescia will range from the 1730s to the early 1950s. He will revisit the way historians think about the past by exploring the “long 19th century” (1789-1914) and the “short 20th century” (1914-1991). Topics include the emergence of industrialization, the crisis of 19th century capitalism, and the rise of imperialism. Dr. Brescia concludes by making sense of two cataclysmic global conflicts: WWI and WWII, and remarks on the origins of the Cold War and why, from his perspective, the study of world history and global cultures is so important to the well-being of U.S. society.
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). During his most recent sabbatical, Michael Brescia had appointments at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, as well as at El Colegio de San Luis in Mexico.
Compiled by Marna Broekhoff and Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteers