Global History of Trade in the 19th Century
- The aim of this course is to familiarize with current historical writings on the 19th century North Pacific. The idea is to study “the long 19th century” from an unconventional locality in order to get an alternative glance on the key events and processes of the period under scrutiny. The aim of the course in the field of theory is to follow the epistemic shifts by looking at the historiography of the North Pacific, from the classical works to the newest ones.
- The student understands and can describe the relation between classical historiography on the history of trade in the XIX century, knows its main findings and limitations.
- The student is acquainted with the contemporary historiography on the history of trade in the XIX century in the North Pacific and can trace its genealogy and methodological basis.
- The student is able to design one's own research project and contextualize it in both local and global perspectives.
- Classical approaches to the "long XIX century".Classical theories and historiography in relation to the topic. The main idea is to get an understanding of the reasons why XIX century received such attention in historiography as a unique period of the world history. Deep scrutiny of classical historiography is aimed at showing the reasons why contemporary historiography criticizes classical approaches for Eurocentrism etc.
- Studying global transformations through the lens of the local.This part of the course is designed to show how contemporary historiography approaches local spatialities, and how they are framed in the global agenda.
- The contemporary history of trade in the XIX century North PacificIn this part of the course, a regional dimension of a wide range of topics is approached: transportation and communication, economic thought, migrations and trade, trade networks, colonialism and imperialism, globalization of consumption, port cities.
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