- Code HIST1214
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of History
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject History
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, International Affairs, European Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Angela Woollacott
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2022
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The modern world is a product of centuries of conflict, rivalry and strategic cooperation between empires seeking to expand or protect their power across domains spanning from economic systems to religion and culture. Throughout Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific, the past 800 years have seen radical historical transformations as empires rose, sought to create and sustain the conditions of their dominance, and fell. Understanding these dynamics has also been among the most innovative areas of historical inquiry. This course explores these processes and how historians have interpreted their significance and legacies, from the Mongol conquests and the late Crusades to the present. It places the complex and always contested ‘rise of the West’ in a global frame by investigating a range of topics from Eurasian dynasties and the Spanish conquest of the Americas and the colonisation of India, Australia and New Zealand, to the Cold War. In doing so, it explores the technologies that enabled imperial growth, the ideologies that legitimated it, the resistance of many who fought against it, and associated movements of populations and international relations. Through a diversity of historical perspectives, it examines the impact of imperial exchanges in transforming institutions, environments and modes of life.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate a good understanding of major transitions, processes and developments in the modern history of empires;
- evaluate and critically analyse case studies illustrating important themes and issues in the history of empires;
- conduct research critically engaging with primary resources and scholarly debates regarding empires in history;
- formulate logical arguments substantiated with primary source evidence and relevant historiography; and
- express ideas and arguments about the history of empires clearly and effectively in both oral and written modes of communication.
- Tutorial participation and presentation (10) [LO 2,3,4]
- Primary source location, posting and 250 word analysis (10) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Primary source research exercise 1,500 word essay (25) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Wattle quiz 1,000 words (25) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Research Essay 2,000 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
There are no prescribed texts for this course. However, students are strongly encouraged to consult the recommended texts listed under Indicative Readings elsewhere on this page.
Students are encouraged to consult either of the following texts as preparation for enrolment in this unit.
Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010)
Krishan Kumar, Visions of Empire: How Five Imperial Regimes Shaped the World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017).
Weekly tutorial readings will be made available online at the beginning of semester.
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