20 Credits SPRING



Aims/Description: This module considers the twentieth century as a time that transformed the social and political order in the world, calling into question the role of the European powers in global contexts, and dramatically reorienting the relationship between states and societies. You will engage with case studies representing key themes in twentieth-century global history: imperialism and the processes of decolonisation; the challenges of building the postcolonial nation; revolutions and the emergence of new states; war, genocide and conflict; and the institutions of international order. In addressing these themes, The Making of the Twentieth Century has a particular aim of counteracting prevailing tendencies towards Eurocentrism. You will gain a considerable body of knowledge on the histories of Asia, Africa and Latin America especially. At the same time, emphasis is placed on the empirical and theoretical grounds upon which competing interpretations rest in order to encourage you to develop critical awareness of the character of historical analysis. More generally, this module aims to develop analytical, conceptual and literary skills through class discussion and written assignments. Communication skills will also be emphasised in weekly seminars that will allow specific issues to be discussed in more depth, often with reference to primary source material. Above all, the module seeks to stimulate an interest in history and an appreciation of cultural diversity.

Restrictions on availability: Normally a grade B in A level History or an equivalent qualification in History. 

Staff Contact: STEVENS SIMON M
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Practical skills assessment

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