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Global History

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
3 year, 3, 4 module


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 at familiarising 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, drawbacks, and perspectives.
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?
  • When and where was the nineteenth century?
  • The end of the old regimes and its global dimension: North America.
  • The end of the old regimes and its global dimension: France.
  • The end of the old regimes and its global dimension: Central and South America.
  • Industrial revolution.
  • The age of empires.
  • The Scramble for Africa.
  • Great divergence? Nineteenth century history of China.
  • Great convergence? Nineteenth century history of Japan.
  • Midterm.
  • The century of connections.
  • The century of disconnections.
  • The century of mobility.
  • The century of immobility.
  • The century of global cooperation.
  • The world of global languages.
  • La belle époque and memory of the century.
  • Global history in national contexts.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

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

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 4th module
    0.3 * Exam essay + 0.1 * Presentation + 0.2 * Midterm + 0.4 * Seminar discussions


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Beckert, S. (2004). Emancipation and Empire: Reconstructing the Worldwide Web of Cotton Production in the Age of the American Civil War. American Historical Review, 109(5), 1405–1438. https://doi.org/10.1086/530931
  • Bell, D. A. (2014). Questioning the Global Turn: The Case of the French Revolution. French Historical Studies, 37(1), 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1215/00161071-2376501
  • Brown, M. (2015). The global history of Latin America. Journal of Global History, 10(3), 365–386. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1740022815000182
  • Dusinberre, M. (2017). Japan, Global History, and the Great Silence. History Workshop Journal, 83(1), 130–150. https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbx012
  • Edward J. M. Rhoads. (2011). Stepping Forth Into the World. Hong Kong University Press.
  • Hall, C., & Rose, S. O. (2006). At Home with the Empire : Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World. Cambridge University Press.
  • Riello, G. (2013). Cotton : The Fabric That Made the Modern World. Cambridge University Press.
  • Shafir, N. (2014). The international congress as scientific and diplomatic technology: global intellectual exchange in the International Prison Congress, 1860–90. Journal of Global History, 9(1), 72–93. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1740022813000508
  • Susanna Fessler. (2020). Musashino in Tuscany : Japanese Overseas Travel Literature, 1860–1912. U of M Center For Japanese Studies.
  • Suzanne Desan, Lynn Hunt, & William Max Nelson. (2013). The French Revolution in Global Perspective. Cornell University Press.
  • Tvedt, T. (2010). Why England and not China and India? Water systems and the history of the Industrial Revolution. Journal of Global History, 1, 29.
  • Zahra, T. (2014). Travel Agents on Trial: Policing Mobility in East Central Europe, 1889–1989*. Past & Present, 223(1), 161–193. https://doi.org/10.1093/pastj/gtu002

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Anderson, B. S. (2000). Joyous Greetings : The First International Women’s Movement, 1830-1860. Oxford University Press.
  • Cushman, G. T. (2012). Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World : A Global Ecological History. Cambridge University Press.
  • Darwin, J. (2009). The Empire Project : The Rise and Fall of the British World-System, 1830–1970. Cambridge University Press.
  • Elizabeth Ho. (2012). Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire. Continuum.
  • Globalgeschichte: Eine Einführung, Conrad, S., 2013
  • Hoi-eun Kim. (2014). Doctors of Empire : Medical and Cultural Encounters Between Imperial Germany and Meiji Japan. University of Toronto Press.
  • Huber, V. (2013). Channelling Mobilities : Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond, 1869–1914. Cambridge University Press.
  • Imperial twilight : the opium war and the end of China's last golden age, Platt, S., 2018
  • Kerim Yasar. (2018). Electrified Voices : How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868–1945. Columbia University Press.
  • Lydia He Liu. (2004). The Clash of Empires : The Invention of China in Modern World Making. Harvard University Press.
  • Marius B. Jansen, & Gilbert Rozman. (2014). Japan in Transition : From Tokugawa to Meiji. Princeton University Press.
  • Michael Adas. (2014). Machines As the Measure of Men : Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance: Vol. 2014 edition, with a new preface. Cornell University Press.
  • Michael D. Gordin. (2015). Scientific Babel : How Science Was Done Before and After Global English. University of Chicago Press.
  • Olivier Pétré-Grenouilleau. (2004). From Slave Trade to Empire : European Colonisation of Black Africa 1780s-1880s. Routledge.
  • R. R. Palmer. (2014). The Age of the Democratic Revolution : A Political History of Europe and America, 1760-1800 - Updated Edition. Princeton University Press.
  • Staging the world: Chinese nationalism at the turn of the twentieth century, Karl, Rebecca E., 2007
  • Steven Press. (2017). Rogue Empires : Contracts and Conmen in Europe’s Scramble for Africa. Harvard University Press.
  • Sugata Bose. (2006). A Hundred Horizons : The Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire. Harvard University Press.
  • Sunil S. Amrith. (2013). Crossing the Bay of Bengal : The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants. Harvard University Press.
  • The Declaration of Independence : a global history, Armitage, D., 2007
  • van Ittersum, M., & Jacobs, J. (2012). Are We All Global Historians Now? An Interview with David Armitage. Itinerario, 36(2), 7–28. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0165115312000551
  • Weber, A., & Gommans, J. (2011). “You turn a page and then there is suddenly something on a turtle”. An Interview with Jürgen Osterhammel. Itinerario, 35(3), 7–16. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0165115312000034
  • Wenzlhuemer, R. (2013). Connecting the Nineteenth-Century World : The Telegraph and Globalization. Cambridge University Press.
  • What is global history?, Conrad, S., 2016
  • Writing history in the global era, Hunt, L., 2014
  • Что такое глобальная история?, Конрад, С., 2018