Michael Brescia

Dr. Michael Brescia,

Arizona State Museum,

University of Arizona

Wednesday, March 18, 2020,

2:30-4:30 pm,

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 fifteenth 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 discussed the origins of global interdependence (1450-1640) on March 11.  He now turns to an encompassing review of the great religious upheavals and the emergence of modern science, with their consequences in political revolutions.   (The fourth lecture, on April 1, will deal with industrialism and its global impact in the 19th and 20th centuries.)

Lecture 3’s time frame is vast: 1368-1805. In it, Dr. Brescia first identifies and explains political, economic, and religious change in Asia, Africa, and Russia, but then pivots back to western Europe and examines the origins of the Enlightenment and the consequences of its scientific and political revolutions in North America and the Caribbean.   

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).   Dr. Brescia delivered five popular lectures here in 2018-19. 

March 18: “Toward an Understanding of World History and Globalization, Part III—Cross-Cultural Transitions and the Leap to Enlightenment”