Empire and Globalisation (HISM482)

30 credits

The relationship between the history of imperialism and modern globalisation has been a key dynamic in shaping the modern world, and an important topic for today’s historians. This module analyses the globalizing forces of empire, and the extent to which the patterns and flows of globalisation today bear the trace of historical imperial dynamics. It highlights the political, economic, social and culture dynamics of imperialism and globalization in the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. It also investigates the darker side of globalisation’s narratives of progress and development, analysing the new geographies of ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ it has informed, and the often violent resistance it has engendered.