LFCC History Professor Curtis Morgan has been at it again.
Just a few months after publishing “The 5 Principles of Civilization: A Student’s Guide to World History, Volume 1,” his next work, “The 5 Foundations of the Modern World: A Student’s Guide to World History, Volume 2,” is out.
Volume 1 is designed to accompany any standard History 111 textbook and provide “food for thought” suitable for class discussion and short writing assignments. Volume 2 focuses on History 112: World Civilizations.
Volume 1 was published in August, and Volume 2 in January. Both are available at www.kendallhunt.com.
“It’s a national publisher,”Dr. Morgan said. “They’re marketing it now.”
His students are using the second volume right now in his World Civilizations class. Dr. Morgan said students at other colleges will also find the companion pieces useful.
Sixteen Years at LFCC
Dr. Morgan began teaching at LFCC in August 2000.
He teaches a variety of history courses, including World Civilization, World War II, Middle East History, and Asian Civilization. His interest in Asia and the Middle East stems not only from his previous experience working for the CIA, but also from adopting a daughter from China in 2005.
Dr. Morgan also has expertise in U.S. History and has taught an upper-level course focused on post-World War II U.S. History. A current research interest is the U.S. Revolutionary War era.
Inspired to Teach
Dr. Morgan earned his PhD in Modern European History at the University of South Carolina, and a Master’s Degree in History from Clemson University.
Between degrees, he worked for the CIA from 1987-1991. It was this experience that really cultivated a desire to teach, introduce students to the world and encourage them to pursue international careers.
He worked for the CIA’s now-defunct Foreign Broadcast Information Service.
“We monitored foreign government-controlled radio, TV, and press,” Morgan said. “We gathered basic information about those nations and their intentions toward the United States and our allies. It involved familiarity with almost every country in the world. It prepared me well to teach.”
When asked why he enjoys teaching at LFCC, Dr Morgan said: “the friendly and supportive atmosphere at LFCC gives me the freedom to inspire my students to broaden their horizons, the way my professors did for me.”
According to LFCC student Natalie Capps: “Dr. Morgan makes history fun and engages you while making you think. His class is enjoyable, and as a professor he is approachable.”
LFCC alumnus Ron Anderson agrees: “Dr. Morgan is interesting, informative, and has an inspiring approach to teaching World Civilization. His teachings provide a solid foundation for understanding ancient and modern day cultures throughout the world: fascinating!”
The second volume is actually Dr. Morgan’s third book. His doctoral dissertation, “James F. Byrnes, Lucius Clay, and American Policy in Germany, 1945-1947,” was published in 2002. There are several copies available in LFCC’s campus libraries.
While his publisher supports him writing another book, Dr. Morgan says it’s in the embryonic stage.
“I’ve got an idea for a history of technology that might go along with a course,” he said. “Right now, it’s the germ of an idea.”
Additionally, Dr. Morgan has taken LFCC Professor Brent Kendrick’s memoir-writing class. He’s written some of his experiences down and uses them in class presentations.
More Information about the Book
The 5 Principles of Civilization uses five major ideas to help the student sort out all the dates, places, and names they will encounter in a college-level introductory World History Course.
The physical environment, food production, intercultural competition, trade and cultural attitudes and traditions are presented as a useful framework through which individual civilizations and the totality of human civilization can be analyzed and understood.
In The 5 Foundations of the Modern World, Morgan divides the foundations into the Columbian exchange, the rise of the West, nationalism and democracy, industrialization and capitalism, and globalization and acceleration.
Maps, illustrations and charts accompany the text in each of Morgan’s books. Each chapter is accompanied by a detachable assignment worksheet. The books conclude with a descriptive list of suggested works by prominent historians in the field of World History.