Critical Approaches to Imperial and Global History (HISM003)
|Staff||Dr Marc Palen - Convenor|
Dr Silvia Espelt Bombin - Lecturer
Dr Emily Bridger - Convenor
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
The aim of this module is to introduce students to key themes, methods and analytical frameworks in the study of imperial and global history. It will enable students to think critically about key methods and techniques used by historians—and scholars in related disciplines—to analyse and interpret issues of imperialism and globalisation. It will give students the skills necessary to review scholarly books and articles in imperial and global history, and to produce critical writing assessing key themes, approaches and methods.
The module draws on, and introduces students to, the expertise of the Centre for Imperial and Global History (CIGH) at the University of Exeter. As such, the exact content of the module will vary each year to reflect the expertise of members of the CIGH. Geographical areas covered may include, but are not limited to: the British Empire; the American Empire; the Mughal Empire; the Chinese Empire; the French Empire; the Soviet Empire.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Understand and evaluate the main themes and approaches in the study of imperial and global history
- 2. Possess detailed knowledge of the key historiographical and theoretical debates informing the study of imperial and global history
- 3. Assess critically the role of primary sources in informing the study of imperial and global history
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Demonstrate the ability to analyse and synthesise different types of historical material and evidence.
- 5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key historical concepts and debates, and recognise the differences between different approaches and source types.
- 6. Develop practical research skills in the primary and secondary evidence.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Demonstrate capacity for independent critical research, study and thought, including developing the ability to construct and defend a sustained argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials.
- 8. Work as an individual and with a tutor and peers in an independent, constructive and responsive way.
- 9. Apply key bibliographical skills to independent study.
The course will be taught primarily through weekly seminars, each of which will focus on key themes and approaches to imperial and global history. The precise topics and approaches examined in these seminars will vary each year, and will reflect expertise of the Centre for Imperial and Global History at Exeter. Seminar topics may include, but are not limited to:
Political Economies of Empire
Empire at Home
Race and Ethnicity
Violence, Collaboration, and Resistance
Rhetoric and Colonial Discourses
Decolonisation and Neo-imperialisms
Gender and Sexuality
Migration, Diaspora and Networks
Humanitarianism and Development
Transnational and Global Histories
Dependency & World Systems Theories
Anthropology and Ethnography
Colonial Science, Technology and Medicine
Exhibition and Museum Culture
Theories of the Imperial/Colonial State
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||22||11 x 2 hour seminars|
|Guided independent study||278||Independent Study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay Plan||2-sides A4 maximum||1-9||Verbal and written feedback|
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|
|Book Review||33.3||2,000 words||1-9||Written and verbal feedback|
|Essay||66.7||4,000 words||1-9||Written and verbal feedback|
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|
|Book Review||33.3||1-9||Referral/deferral period.|
The re-assessment consists of a 1,000 book review and 4,000 word essay as in the original assessment.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
John Darwin, After Tamarlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires (London, 2008)
Stephen Howe, Empire: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: OUP, 2002)
C. A. Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons (Oxford, 2003)
Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference (Princeton, 2010)
Michael Doyle, Empires (Cornell UP, 1986)
Herfried Münkler, Empires: The Logic of World Domination from Ancient Rome to the United States (Cambridge: Polity, 2007)
Emily Rosenberg (ed.), A World Connecting, 1870-1945: A History of the World (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2012)
Antoinette Burton, Dwelling in the Archive: Women Writing House, Home, and History in Late Colonial India (Oxford: OUP, 2003)
Antoinette Burton, Empire in Question: Reading, Writing and Teaching British Imperialism, (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2011)
Ann Laura Stoler, Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule (Berkeley and Los Angeles: California University Press, 2002)
Jennifer Cole, Forget Colonialism: Sacrifice and the Art of Memory in Madagascar (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001).
Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture (London: Routledge, 2004)
Edward Said, Orientalism (1978)
Frantz Fanon, Black Skins, White Masks (1952)
Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (Washington: Howard University Press, 1981)
Achille Mbembe, On the Postcolony (Berkeley: University of California, 2001).
Frederick Cooper, 'What is the Concept of Globalization Good for? An African Historian's Perspective,' African Affairs, Vol. 100, No. 39 (2001), pp.189-213
Frederick Cooper, Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History (Berkeley; University of Californai Press, 2005).
David Arnold, Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India (Berkeley; LA; London: University of California Press, 1993)
Akhil Gupta, ‘Blurred Boundaries: The Discourse of Corruption, the Culture of Politics, and the Imagined State’, American Ethnologist, Vol. 22, No. 2 (May, 1995), pp. 375-402
Michael Barnett, Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism (2011)
Tim Barringer and Tom Flynn, eds., Colonialism and the Object: Empire, Material Culture and the Museum (1998)
Partha Chatterjee, The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993)
Arturo Escobar, Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995)
R C Dutt, The Economic History of India (London: Routledge and Keegan Paul, 1906)
Ranajit Guha & Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak(eds.), Selected Subaltern Studies (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1988)
James C. Scott, Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985)
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Africa Through a Lens https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/africa/
British Museum Online Collection http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx
Centre for Imperial and Global History Exeter Podcasts http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/research/centres/imperialandglobal/podcasts/
Colonial Film Database http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/
Foreign Broadcast Information Service http://infoweb.newsbank.com
Global Commodities http://www.globalcommodities.amdigital.co.uk/
Pitt Rivers Museum http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/vcollections.html
Sudan Archive at Durham https://www.dur.ac.uk/library/asc/sudan/
Visualising China http://visualisingchina.net/
Wellcome Images http://wellcomeimages.org/
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Imperialism, globalization, imperial history, global history, historiography