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Бакалаврская программа «История»

Global and Comparative History

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 1, 2 модуль


Котенко Антон

Левин Феликс Евгеньевич

Course Syllabus


Global and comparative history aims to familiarize the students with the main events of global history of the modern period (long nineteenth century) and current methodology of research of global and comparative history. The main argument of the class is that global context matters and no domestic history should be explained just from within.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This course aims to familiarize the students with the main events of global history of the modern period (long nineteenth century).
  • The course also aims at getting students acquainted with methodology of global and comparative history, its advantages and drawbacks.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course students will learn to solve problems in professional activity on the basis of analysis and synthesis, assess the need for resources and plan their use while solving problems in professional activity, find, evaluate and use information from various sources, which is necessary to solve scientific and professional problems.
  • Students will also learn to critically evaluate and rethink the accumulated experience (one’s own and that of colleagues).
  • Students will be able to reflect upon professional and social activities in the international environment, written and oral communication in a foreign language, master special literature in a foreign language, determine the novelty and relevance of professional tasks on the basis of the modern condition of historical science, formulate and solve professional problems using interdisciplinary approaches.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • What is global history?
    Definition; differences from World history; varieties; peculiarities; problems.
  • When and where was the nineteenth century?
    Final discoveries of the physical space; new meta-geography; world of empires; much smaller world; the world of water, ships and port cities; new perception of space.
  • The end of the old regimes and its global dimension: North America.
    Historiography; Palmer's thesis; causes; Global history explanation; main events; liberty’s exiles; self-contradictions of the new republic; sparks from the altar.
  • The end of the old regimes and its global dimension: France.
    Historiography; causes; main events; Global history explanation.
  • The end of the old regimes and its global dimension: Central and South America.
    Historiography; Haitian slave revolution; revolutionary Atlantic.
  • Industrial revolution.
    Definition; why 18C Britain; peculiarities; machines as measures of men; white – color of the industrial revolution.
  • The Scramble for Africa.
  • Great divergence? Nineteenth century history of China.
    Great Divergence and its reasons; Opium wars; Taiping Rebellion; self strengthening; Boxer Rebellion; Xinhai Revolution.
  • Great convergence? Nineteenth century history of Japan.
    Tokugawa Japan and its peculiarities; Perry’s black ships; Meiji period of rapid modernisation; losers of the restoration; Japan as an example for other non-Europeans.
  • The century of connections.
    New technologies; global shortcuts.
  • The century of disconnections.
  • The century of mobility.
    Long-distance migration; its global dimensions; penal colonies; first refugee flows; new Jewish migration; labour migration; push & pull factors of global migration.
  • The century of immobility.
    The first attempts to restrict global migration; passports & visas; growing migration as a cause of growing nationalism.
  • The century of global cooperation.
    The first modern intergovernmental organisations; international simplification and standardisation; peace movements; feminist, labour, sport internationalisms.
  • The world of global languages.
    Prehistory of global languages; Volapük, Esperanto, Ido – similarities and differences.
  • La belle époque and memory of the century.
    Definition of nostalgia; memory of the 19C: reasons, peculiarities, sources.
  • Global history in national contexts.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar discussions
  • non-blocking Review essay
  • non-blocking Presentation
  • non-blocking Exam essay
  • non-blocking Midterm
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * Exam essay + 0.2 * Midterm + 0.1 * Presentation + 0.1 * Review essay + 0.3 * Seminar discussions


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Armitage, D., & Subrahmanyam, S. (2010). The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, C. 1760-1840. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1522916
  • Beckert, S., & Sachsenmaier, D. (2018). Global History, Globally : Research and Practice Around the World. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1710833
  • Conrad, S. (2016). What Is Global History? Princeton: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1090930
  • David Nickles, Under the wire: how the telegraph changed diplomacy (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003). Режим доступа: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=3300605
  • Hochschild, A., & 3M Company. (1999). King Leopold’s Ghost : A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. [Place of publication not identified]: Mariner Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1870473

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Armitage, D. (2004). The Declaration of Independence in World Context. OAH Magazine of History, 18(3), 61. https://doi.org/10.1093/maghis/18.3.61
  • Cañizares-Esguerra, J., & Seeman, E. R. (2018). The Atlantic in Global History : 1500-2000 (Vol. Second edition). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1588656
  • Jackson, M. (2018). A Global History of Medicine. Oxford, United Kingdom: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1668836
  • Middell, M. (2019). The Practice of Global History : European Perspectives. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2179170
  • PEROVIC, S. (2012). The French Republican Calendar: Time, History and the Revolutionary Event. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 35(1), 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1754-0208.2011.00408.x
  • Что такое глобальная история?, Конрад, С., 2018