Undergraduate Course: Asia and Africa 2a: Societies, Cultures, and Empires, c. 1600-1880 (HIST08028)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course approaches the history of Asia and Africa during the period 1600-1880 from a comparative thematic and interdisciplinary perspective, in order to establish similarities and differences between the different geographical regions surveyed, and to broaden students' view of what constitutes 'history' by introducing them to methods derived from anthropology, post-colonial studies, religious studies, etc. It also encourages students to link their knowledge of European and British History with developments in the wider world.
From the end of the sixteenth century major historical changes occurred throughout the world as the result of an increasing interconnection between different geographical areas and the globalisation of economic, social and political processes. This course provides an introduction to the history of Asia and Africa from around 1600 to 1880, and is complemented by Asia and Africa 2b: Nationalisms, Liberation Movements and the Legacies of Colonialism, c.1880 - the Present Day in the second semester. The course examines the economic, social and cultural changes undergone by societies in Asia and Africa, their multi-faceted interaction with European imperialism, and their involvement in the making of global processes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in any first level course achieved no later than August of the previous academic year.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level History course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of the subject considered in the course;
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
- Demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required;
- Demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
|1. Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (London: Verso, 1991). |
2. Crispin Bates, Subalterns and Raj: South Asia since 1600 (London: Routledge, 2007).
3. Nicholas Canny, 'The Origins of Empire: an Introduction', in idem (ed.), The Oxford History of the British Empire, Volume 1, The Origins of Empire (Oxford: OUP, 1998).
4. Dennis O. Flynn and Arturo Giráldez, 'Born Again: Globalization's Sixteenth-Century Origins,' Pacific Economic Review, vol. 13, no. 3 (2008): pp. 359-87.
5. Charles H. Parker, Global interactions in the early modern age, 1400-1800 (Cambridge, CUP, 2010), especially chs. 1-3.
6. Kenneth Pyle, The Making of Modern Japan (Lexington: D. C. Heath, 2nd ed., 1996).
7. Edward Said, Orientalism (London: Penguin, 2006).
8. Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism (London: Chatto and Windus, 1993).
9. Jonathan Spence, The Search for Modern China (New York: Norton, 2nd ed., 1999).
10. Richard Reid, History of Modern Africa, 1800 to the Present (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009).
11. Jan de Vries, 'The Limits of Globalization in the Early Modern World,' Economic History Review, vol. 63, no. 3 (2010): pp. 710-33.
12. Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789 (Cambridge: CUP, 2006), Ch.7, 'Europe in the World, 1450-1600'.
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||Plus one 50 minute tutorial per week to be arranged
|Course organiser||Dr Talat Ahmed
Tel: (0131 6)50 3775
|Course secretary||Miss Alexandra Adam
Tel: (0131 6)50 3767