This week is about thinking critically about the master narratives (p. 48) that have shaped how world history has been written and taught. Namely, the paradigm of Eurocentrism that has dominated the story, which holds western civilizations as supreme.
Please think about the narratives of western civilization that you have been taught, and use at least 100 words to answer the following questions.
What is one way that you learned these narratives? (Lessons in school, movies/shows in popular culture, etc,.)
What is one particular historical moment/event that you remember being portrayed and framed in this way? (ancient Egypt, Columbus’ conquest, etc,.)
Finally, how would you invert or flip that narrative to re-write the story into a “new global storyline”? (For instance, what we are taught is the heroic story of Columbus and conquest could actually be a story of Indigenous resilience to invasion.)
Please answer all the questions above fully.
In your response, you should apply concepts and ideas from lecture and readings, and make your argument using concrete examples and data when possible.
This is the lecture video:
I have also attached a 100 pages of book that we use in class.