Empires have shaped the history of the modern world, but various forms of empire, and multiple concepts of imperialism, have emerged across different regions and times. Empires are sites of both power and resistance, of contested modernities and cultural traditions, of competing communities and political imaginations. The comparative study of empires and imperialism demonstrates how empires tried to rule their subjects, and how subjects found spaces in which to live their own lives. This module analyses key imperial structures and debates, including political authority, commerce, law, violence and citizenship.
The module is suitable for interdisciplinary pathways and there are no prerequisite modules, but completion of HIH1240 Understanding the Modern World is beneficial.