Students in my HIST 1110: Foundation of Western Civilization: Modern course built a digital food history timeline over the course of the Spring 2017 semester.
Rationale: By examining what people ate at different points in time, we can tell both what food was “in style” and also a lot about the economic conditions, social mores, political conflicts, religious issues, and nutrition.
The Assignment: In lieu of writing a research paper, in small groups, students will create a digital and collaborative timeline of food throughout the Western world from roughly 1500 to 1990. Groups are responsible for three (3) entries to the digital assignment over the course of the semester.
As the course progresses, we will examine the food timeline in class together to consider continuities in food as well as historical change, asking why certain foods stayed the same and why some changed. This assignment constitutes the research component of this class and accounts for 15% of your final course grade.
In addition to the entry itself, we will also work through source selection worksheets. For every source that your group chooses, you must determine the source’s bias, credibility, usefulness, and currency.
The Final Timeline: Since TimeLineJS uses an iFrame and WordPress does not allow iFrame, please follow the link: