Critics of Empire: Sources (HIH3182)
|Staff||Dr Marc Palen - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||At least 90 credits of History at Level 1 and/or Level 2.|
|Co-requisites||Critics of Empire: Context|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
By using a combination of tutor-led seminars and student-led seminars, students will come away with a sophisticated understanding of the interrelationship between theories of imperialism and the global capitalist system. The sources to be examined include correspondence, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, conference and organizational records, speeches, novels, poetry, and government documents, focussing on the context of the British and American Empires. They will also learn to present some of these complex issues to the rest of the class by leading a seminar in the second half of the course.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Have a detailed knowledge of the different sources available for the study of theories of imperialism, together with a very close specialist knowledge of those sources which the students focus upon in their seminar presentations and written work.
- 2. Analyse the complex diversity of the sources studied.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Analyse closely original sources and to assess their reliability as historical evidence. Ability to focus on and comprehend complex texts
- 4. Understand and deploy relevant historical terminology in a comprehensible manner.
- 5. Follow theories of imperialism across the period.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Do independent and autonomous study and group work, including presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning
- 7. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment
- 8. Present complex arguments orally
The module will examine a wide array of sources relating to theories of imperialism, focusing upon the critics of imperialism—anti-colonial nationalists, cosmopolitans, anti-imperialists, pacifists, feminists, Marxists, non-Marxists—within the context of the British and American Empires.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||44||22 x 2 hour seminars.|
|Guided independent study||256||Reading and preparation for seminars, coursework and presentations.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar discussion||Ongoing through course.||1-6, 8||Oral from tutor and fellow students.|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Portfolio||70||2 assignments totaling 4,000 words||1-7||Verbal and written.|
|Individual Presentation||30||20-30 minutes||1-8||Verbal and written.|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Presentation||Written transcript of 20 minute presentation||1-8|
The re-assessment consists of a 4,000 word portfolio of source work, as in the original assessment, but replaces the individual presentation with a written script that could be delivered in such a presentation and which is the equivalent of 20 minutes of speech.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Anthony Brewer, Marxist Theories of Imperialism: A Critical Survey (Routledge, 1980).
Martin Ceadel, Semi-Detached Idealists: The British Peace Movement and International Relations, 1854-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2001).
Gregory Claeys, Imperial Sceptics: British Critics of Empire 1850-1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Michael Doyle, Empires (Cornell University Press, 1986).
Norman Etherington, Theories of Imperialism: War, Conquest, andCapital (London, 1984).
David S. Patterson, Toward a Warless World: The Travail of the American Peace Movement, 1887-1914 (Indiana University Press, 1977).
Brenda Gayle Plummer, Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960 (University of North Carolina Press, 1996).
Bernard Porter, Critics of Empire: British Radical Attitudes to Colonialism in Africa 1895-1914 (Macmillan, 1968).
Leila J. Rupp, Worlds of Women: The Making of an International Women’s Movement (Princeton University Press, 1997).
Bernard Semmel, The Liberal Ideal and the Demons of Empire: Theories of Imperialism from Adam Smith to Lenin (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993).
Ian Tyrrell and Jay Sexton, Empire’s Twin: U.S. Anti-Imperialism from the Founding Era to the Age of Terrorism (Cornell University Press, 2015).
Penny M. Von Eschen, Race against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937-1957 (Cornell University Press, 1997).
W. A. Williams, The Tragedy of American Diplomacy (1959).
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Empire; Imperialism; Critics