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Early Modern Empires

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 3, 4 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Early modern history is the history of internal and overseas expansion. In early modern time the majority of the states were composite states, including more than one country under the sovereignty of one ruler. Moreover, since the 15th century a number of European powers started their colonial expansion to Africa, Asia and the New World, starting mainly (albeit not exclusively) from the establishment of the networks of littoral trading stations, which eventually evolved in the early modern colonial empire. The course takes the definition of empire as a polity that reaches outwards and that maintains distinction and hierarchy in the process of incorporation of new peoples. It will consider different European imperial scenarios and trajectories between 1400-1700: composite states, overseas empires and land empires, and contextualize ‘early modern empire’ as a distinct form of polity. The course will be focused on the Holy Roman Empire, British composite monarchy, Muscovite Tsardom, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Spanish composite monarchy, Sweden; Portuguese, Castilian, Dutch, French and English colonial empires as well as Gunpowder empires, revolving around key issues such as expansion and struggle for territories; imperial discourse; governance; elite formation; identities; economies; ethnographies and religion.The aim of the course is to examine ‘early modern empires’ from the variety of perspectives and to probe advantages and limitations of the concept of the ‘empire’ as an analytical unit with regard to early modern time.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course aims to familiarize the students with the historical context of early modern European expansion; governance of early modern empires; the elite formation in early modern empires; identities in early modern empires; imperial economies; imperial ethnographies
  • 2. The course aims to familiarize the students with main lines of historiographical inquiry into early modern empires
  • 3. The course aims to familiarize the students with primary sources connected with the history of early modern empires
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • The student can comprehend primary sources effectively
  • The student can identify main thesis and issues raised in scholarly literature
  • The student is able to review scholarly literature in English
  • Students can comprehend primary sources effectively
  • The student can discuss scholarly issues in groups and present the results of these discussions; can solve scholarly issues in collaboration with groupmates.
  • The student can write an essay concerned with one of the issues of the early modern empires
  • The student consistently uses the terminology of the scholarship of the early modern empires
  • The student knows main facts of the history of early modern empires
  • The student knows main facts of the history of the early modern empires
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Early modern theories of empire
  • The age of discovery
  • Expansion in early modern Muscovy
  • Moral justification of Spanish conquest and its criticism.
  • Early modern cartography and empires
  • Composite monarchies: Britain
  • Governance of the overseas colonies: Baltic experience in the 17th century
  • Composite monarchies of the Baltic sea: Sweden, Polish-Lithunian commonwealth, and Muscovy
  • Composite monarchies: Holy Roman Empire + Spain
  • Elite formation in the early modern empires
  • Imperial economies in early modern time
  • Early modern ethnography
  • Early modern ethnographies - primary sources
  • Religion in early modern empires: comparative aspects
  • British identity and forging territorial identities
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar discussion
  • non-blocking Formative assessment
  • non-blocking Research report
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 3rd module
  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.3 * Formative assessment + 0.3 * Research report + 0.4 * Seminar discussion
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Alexander Grant, & Keith Stringer. (1995). Uniting the Kingdom? : The Making of British History. Routledge.
  • Armitage, D. (2000). The Ideological Origins of the British Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=112408
  • Braddick, M. J. (2000). State Formation in Early Modern England, C.1550–1700. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=77695
  • Cameron, E. (1999). Early Modern Europe : An Oxford History. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=364431
  • Elliott, J. H. (2009). Spain, Europe & the Wider World, 1500-1800. Yale University Press.
  • Evans, R. J. W., & Wilson, P. H. (2012). The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806 : A European Perspective. Brill.
  • Herberstein, S., Major, R. H., & Hakluyt Society. (2010). Notes Upon Russia : Being a Translation of the Earliest Account of That Country, Entitled Rerum Moscoviticarum Commentarii: Vol. Vol. II. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
  • Hodgen, M. T. (1971). Early Anthropology in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Vol. 1st pbk. ed). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=17294
  • Immanuel Wallerstein. (2011). The Modern World-System I : Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century. University of California Press.
  • Kappeler, A. (2014). The Russian Empire : A Multi-ethnic History. Hoboken: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=837915
  • Kidd, C. (1999). British Identities Before Nationalism : Ethnicity and Nationhood in the Atlantic World, 1600–1800. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=54555
  • Muthu, S. (2012). Empire and Modern Political Thought. Cambridge University Press.
  • O’Connell, M. (2009). Men of Empire : Power and Negotiation in Venice’s Maritime State. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Van Ruymbeke, B., & Roper, L. H. (2007). Constructing Early Modern Empires : Proprietary Ventures in the Atlantic World, 1500-1750. Brill.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Behn, A., Southerne, T., Hughes, D., & Neville, H. (2007). Versions of Blackness : Key Texts on Slavery From the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge University Press.
  • Bushkovitch, P. (2012). A Concise History of Russia. New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=432731
  • David Arnold. (2002). The Age of Discovery, 1400-1600: Vol. Second edition. Routledge.
  • Elliott, J. H. (1992). A Europe of Composite Monarchies. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.A96675F4
  • Franklin, S., & Bowers, K. (2017). Information and Empire: Mechanisms of Communication in Russia, 1600-1854. Open Book Publishers.
  • Herberstein, S., & Major, R. H. (2010). Notes Upon Russia: Being a Translation of the Earliest Account of That Country, Entitled Rerum Muscoviticarum Commentarii, by the Baron Sigismund Von Herberstein : Ambassador From the Court of Germany to the Grand Psrince Vasiley Ivanovich, in the Years 1517 and 1526: Vol. Vol. I. Hakluyt Society.
  • Hsia, R. P. (2017). A Companion to Early Modern Catholic Global Missions. Brill.
  • Kivelson, V. (2002). Muscovite “Citizenship”: Rights without Freedom*. Journal of Modern History, 74(3), 465. https://doi.org/10.1086/345109
  • MAARTEN PRAK. (2001). Early Modern Capitalism : Economic and Social Change in Europe 1400-1800. Routledge.
  • S. J. Connolly. (2007). Contested Island : Ireland 1460-1630. OUP Oxford.