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Regular version of the site

190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel, Room 123

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel

Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Border in Ingria in 1617–1618

Adrian Selin.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2024. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Global History in the Twentieth Century

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Compulsory course
4 year, 3 module


Course Syllabus


The course concentrates on the global history of the first half of the 20th century. The focal point of the course is an analysis of the multifaceted transit from imperial political formations to nation-states. The course will examine many aspects of such a transit, from the purely political to the cultural and technological. The analysis of these aspects will problematise the very idea of a binary opposition between imperial "archaicism" and national/socialist/liberal modernity.
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?
  • 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 Scramble for Africa.
  • Great divergence? Nineteenth century history of China.
  • Great convergence? Nineteenth century history of Japan.
  • 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 Exam essay
  • non-blocking Presentation
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 3rd module
    0.4 * Exam essay + 0.2 * Presentation + 0.4 * 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