HST6606: The World in Connection: Themes in Global History
30 credits (Semester: Autumn)
This core module introduces students to some of the most important and innovative themes, debates and controversies relating to global history and its linked fields of imperial, international, transnational, transregional and world history. Through discursive seminars students will acquire an informed understanding of global forces, structures and processes that have shaped and reshaped our world, including empires, trade, technology, religion, decolonisation, migration, war, diplomacy, humanitarianism, disease and the environment. Students will thus be enabled to explore connections, comparisons and exchanges across broad geographical and chronological terrain, while also considering relationships between the global, regional and local.
This unit aims to:
By the end of the module you will be able to demonstrate an ability to:
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The principal mode of contact will be ten two-hour seminar classes. The first will consider definitions of 'global history' as a discreet area of historical enquiry through comparison with related fields, including world, international, transnational, transregional and imperial history (LO 2). Weeks 2-9 will then offer a series of content-specific seminars, looking at a range of historical themes, issues and problems both as an introduction to advanced study of this field and as historical and historiographical context for individual research projects (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). The final session will provide an opportunity to draw some conclusions by considering problems and methods in the advanced study of global history as they will impact on student assessment for this module and the degree as a whole (LO 1, 2, 4, 5).
You will be set preparatory reading in advance for all seminars. You will be expected to share your knowledge of historiographical developments, debate controversial topics and listen and respond to the views of others in a structured environment (LO 3, 4). In addition, you will attend regular individual tutorials, in which you will identify topics for written papers, develop your reading around these topics, and discuss the structure and content of your written work (LO 3, 5, 6). Feedback on submitted work is again given in individual tutorials.
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Students will complete one written paper of 6,000 words. The work should engage with one or more of the concepts or themes of the module through a case-study/case-studies. It should demonstrate an advanced understanding of and critical engagement with current historiography, and advanced skills in the use of sources.
There will be a formative assessment in which students are invited to submit up to 2,000 words of a draft / plan / piece of exploratory writing in advance of the final essay. (LO 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
- P. K. O'Brien, 'Historiographical traditions and modern imperatives for the restoration of global history', Journal of Global History, 1 (2006), 3–40.
- Pamela Kyle Crossley, What is Global History? (Polity, 2008)
- Diego Olstein, Thinking History Globally (PalgraveMacmillan, 2015)
- Andre Gunder Frank, ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age (University of California Press, 1998).
- Seema Alavi, Muslim Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Empire (Harvard University Press, 2015)
- Antoinette M. Burton, 'Getting Outside the Global: Re-Positioning British Imperialism in World History' in Race, Nation and Empire: Making Histories, 1750 to the Present, ed. Catherine Hall and K. McLelland (Manchester University Press, 2010), pp. 199-216.
- Odd Arne Westad, The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
- Meredith Terretta, 'Cameroonian Nationalists Go Global: From Forest Maquis to a Pan-African Accra', Journal of African History 51:2 (2010): 189–212.
- Daniel Immerwahr, Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development (Harvard University Press, 2015).
- Sunil S. Amrith, Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants (Harvard University Press, 2013).
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