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Undergraduate Course: Global Asia: Contact, Exchange and Colonialism in the Early Modern World (HIST10491)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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.

Students should only be enrolled on this course with approval from the History Honours Programme Administrator.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a command of the history of Asia's connections with other parts of the world in the early modern period
  2. Read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship
  3. Understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material
  4. Develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence
Reading List
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 PadrĂ³n, 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).
Additional Information
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
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Course organiserDr Meha Priyadarshini
Course secretaryMiss Marketa Vejskalova
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