Everyday Life under Colonial Rule (HISM028)

30 credits

In recent years the study of imperialism and colonial rule has shifted from the high politics of international diplomacy and administration to the study of ‘everyday life’. This module focuses on the history of social change during the age of European imperialism, focusing on the twentieth century and drawing on case studies from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Everyday life under colonial rule will be explored by examining the histories of work and leisure, gender relations, sexuality, urban life, ethnic identities, religious beliefs, civil and political activism, and popular cultures. The module will also investigate ideas of ‘modernity’, postcolonialism and globalization in colonial contexts.