A Global History of Empires: 1850-1960 - HI436

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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4 15 (7.5) DR AP Cohen

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

This course explores the history of empires on a global scale. It challenges students to grasp the history of empires by examining their structures, instruments and consequences. The course will cover the expansion of European empires from the end of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century, in the age of decolonization. Topics include the conquest of Africa in the age of the so-called ‘New Imperialism’, the French and British Civilizing missions in Africa and Asia, the emergence of modern ideas of race, immigration, freedom struggles in Asia and Africa, and postcolonial cultural and political developments across the world. It will provide students with a critical historical knowledge of imperialism and globalisation and enable them to form a deep understanding of the postcolonial world.
Although this module is distinct from the other module on the history of global empires, (1600-1850) which will run in the Autumn term, for the deep interconnectedness of this history, which this module/s highlights, students will be encouraged to take both.

Topics will cover:
1. The Victorian Empire: Law, Education and Modernity
2. Empire on the Move: Missionaries, Indentured labour and Convicts
3. The 'Scramble for Africa'
4. The Nature of the British African Empire: from the ‘civilising mission’ to Indirect Rule)
5. French, Belgian and Portuguese Colonialisms
6. Empire and Race: Ideas of Difference and Degeneration
7. Freedom from Empire: Nationalist and anti-imperialist movements in South Asia, North Africa
8. WWII and the 'Second Colonial Occupation'
9. Decolonization in Africa
10. Neo-imperial Adventures? The USSR and China in Africa
11. The Legacy of Empire: the Commonwealth, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Details

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Preliminary reading

• Brook, Timothy, Vermeer's Hat: The seventeenth century and the dawn of the global world, London, 2007
• Canny, Nicholas, The Oxford history of the British Empire Vol. 1, The origins of empire, Oxford, 1998.
• Cooper, Frederick. Africa since 1940: the Past of the Present, Cambridge, 2002.
• Curtin, Phillip D., Cross-Cultural Trade in World History, Cambridge, 1984,
• Darwin, John, After Tamerlane: the global history of empire since 1405, London, 2007.
• Das Gupta, Ashin, Merchants of Maritime India, 1500-1800, Aldershot, 1994.
• Dunn, Richard S. Sugar and Slaves; The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 (Chappell Hill, 1972/ 2000)
• Elliott, J.H., Empires of the Atlantic world: Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830, New Haven, 2006.
• Hobsbawm, E.J. The Age of Empire, 1875-1914, London, 1987.
• Hyam, Ronald, Britain's Declining Empire: the Road to Decolonisation, 1918-968, Cambridge, 2006.
• Hyam, Ronald, Understanding the British Empire, Cambridge, 2010.
• Magee, Gary and Andrew Thompson, Empire and Globalisation: Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World, c.1850-1914, Cambridge, 2009.
• Subrahmanyam, Sanjay, The Portuguese Empire in Asia, 1500-1700: A Political and Economic History, London New York 1993.
• Taylor, Charles and Amy Gutmann, Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition, Princeton, 1994
Canny, Nicholas, The Oxford history of the British Empire Vol. 1, The origins of empire, Oxford, 1998.
Cooper, Frederick. Africa since 1940: the Past of the Present, Cambridge, 2002.
Curtin, Phillip D., Cross-Cultural Trade in World History, Cambridge, 1984,
Darwin, John, After Tamerlane: the global history of empire since 1405, London, 2007.
Das Gupta, Ashin, Merchants of Maritime India, 1500-1800, Aldershot, 1994.
Dunn, Richard S. Sugar and Slaves; The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 (Chappell Hill, 1972/ 2000)
Elliott, J.H., Empires of the Atlantic world: Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830, New Haven, 2006.
Hobsbawm, E.J. The Age of Empire, 1875-1914, London, 1987.
Hyam, Ronald, Britain's Declining Empire: the Road to Decolonisation, 1918-968, Cambridge, 2006.
Hyam, Ronald, Understanding the British Empire, Cambridge, 2010.
Magee, Gary and Andrew Thompson, Empire and Globalisation: Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World, c.1850-1914, Cambridge, 2009.
Subrahmanyam, Sanjay, The Portuguese Empire in Asia, 1500-1700: A Political and Economic History, London New York 1993.
Taylor, Charles and Amy Gutmann, Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition, Princeton, 1994

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