Undergraduate Course: Global Asia: Contact, Exchange and Colonialism in the Early Modern World (HIST10491)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course is a global history course that takes Asia as its focus while emphasizing its connections with other parts of the world. The roughly three-hundred-and-fifty-year period that is covered is significant because in this time we see the dominance of Asian countries in global trade as well as their eventual demise beginning in the 19th century. The course is designed to introduce students to Asian perspectives on the changes and developments of the early modern period.
The early modern period saw the rise of European exploration and imperialism which was initially spurred by the desire to have direct access to prized Asian commodities. This course considers this period of global connections and rise of European imperialism from the perspective of Asian societies. The course is organized both chronologically and thematically. It begins with a look at interactions in the Indian Ocean World and between Asian societies prior to the early modern period and then moves to a focus on specific encounters and exchanges between Asia and Europe and Asia and the Americas. Later classes focus on the movement of goods in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the European expansion into and dominance of Asian trade.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1500 word Primary Source Analysis (30%)
3500 word Essay (50%)
Lead class discussion (20%)
||Students will receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours for this course or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have a command of the history of Asia's connections with other parts of the world in the early modern period
- Read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship
- Understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material
- Develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence
|Janet Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony: The World-System, 1250-1350|
C.A. Bayly, " 'Archaic' and 'Modern' Globalization in the Eurasian and African Arena, c.1750-1850"
Sanjay Subrahmanyam, "Connected Histories: Notes towards a Reconfiguration of Early Modern Eurasia"
David Kang, East Asia before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute
Craig Clunas, Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China
Annemarie Schimmel, The Empire of the Great Mughals: History, Art and Culture
Marcia Yonemoto, Mapping Early Modern Japan: Space, Place, and Culture in the Tokugawa Period, 1603-1868.
Tara Alberts and D.R. M. Irving, eds. Intercultural Exchange in Southeast Asia: History and Society in the Early Modern World.
Tamara H. Bentley, Picturing Commerce in and from the East Asian Maritime Circuits, 1550-1800: Visual and Material Culture, 1300-1700.
Andrea Acri et al., Imagining Asia(s): Networks, Actors, Sites (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 2019).
Christina Lee and Ricardo Padrón, The Spanish Pacific, 1521-1815: A Reader of Primary Sources (Amsterdam University Press, 2020).
Constantine Vaporis, Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life During the Age of the Shoguns, Illustrated edition (Santa Barbara, Calif: Greenwood, 2012).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||A questioning disposition and the ability to formulate and pursue clearly defined questions and enquiries
Analytical ability, and the capacity to consider and solve problems, including complex problems to which there is no single solution
Structure, coherence, clarity, and fluency of oral and written expression, marshalling relevant evidence
The ability to read and analyse texts and other primary sources, both critically and empathetically, while addressing questions of genre, content, perspective, and purpose
A command of comparative and connective perspectives, including the ability to compare the histories of different societies and cultures
|Course organiser||Dr Meha Priyadarshini
|Course secretary||Miss Marketa Vejskalova