- 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
- Dr Nicholas Brown
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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The modern world has been shaped by the clash of empires. From economic systems to religion and culture, our world is a product of centuries of conflict, rivalry and strategic cooperation between groups seeking to expand or protect their power. In Europe and the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the past 600 years have seen radical historical transformations as empires rose and fell. This course explores the dynamics driving imperial expansion and conflict since the late Crusades, and the legacies these processes left behind them. It places the complex and always contested ‘rise of the West’ in a global frame, from the Spanish conquest of the Americas to the Cold War and beyond. In doing so, it explores the techniques and 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. It examines the role of imperial culture and politics in shaping societies and identities and analyses the impact of imperial exchanges in transforming institutions, environments and modes of life.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of major transitions, processes and developments in the modern history of empires;
- Utilise case studies of important periods and themes to explore broader issues in the history of empires;
- Critically reflect upon the range of documentary resources and historical interpretations considered in the course;
- Demonstrate strong research, writing and analytical skills; and,
- Present, discuss and evaluate historical material in oral form.
1,000 word document exercise (20%). LO: 2, 3, 4
2,500 word essay (40%). LO: 1, 2, 3, 4
Tutorial presentation (10 min) (5%) LO: 3, 4
Tutorial participation (5%) LO: 5
Final Examination (3 hours) (30%): LO: 1, 2, 3, 4
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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.
Preliminary ReadingJane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, Empires and World History: Power and the Politics of Difference, Princeton, 2010
Each week's compulsory reading will comprise a selection of documentary sources (averaging 30 pages) and secondary sources (20 pages), both be made available in e-bricks.
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