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Global History

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


Course Syllabus


The course ‘Global History’ aims to introduce students to the complex dynamics of core transnational processes from the early 19th century to World War II. The discipline is devoted to a critical rethinking of modern history as a teleological journey from empires to nation-states whose pasts are confined to clearly delineated boundaries. The course focuses on the history of the interconnections and intertwining of various social, political, and cultural processes on a global scale, with particular emphasis on the diversity of regimes of imperial transformations, (de)colonizations, and postcolonial situations and contexts. Our goal is a critical examination of theories and approaches toward the analysis of transnational developments in the epoch. Looking beyond empires and nation-states, the course also seeks to shed light on alternative agencies of transformation, including global networks, organizations, and exchanges
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.
  • Students analyze the premises of the crisis of the old regime, the consequences of the change, and the potential of the 'old' polities to adapt and change, facing the challenges of the global revolution
  • Students recognize the change in the perception of time in the 19th century, as well as ambiguities and inconsistencies of this process
  • Students determine the complexity of the nature of power, its capacity to 'produce' as well as to 'destroy', its different vectors and mediums
  • Students examine the capacities of the 19th century political imagination and its limits. They analyze the avenues of the geographical visions nurtured in the imperial institutions and concieved by nationalist agents.
  • Students formulate the main tendencies of globalization prompted by the technological advancements.
  • Students compare the prospects of mobility and immobility in different regions, contexts, and political frameworks.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • What is global history?
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking Presentation
  • non-blocking Seminar discussion
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 1st module
    0.6 * Essay + 0.1 * Presentation + 0.3 * Seminar discussion


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Burbank, J. (DE-588)141712732, (DE-576)164382186. (2010). Empires in world history : power and the politics of difference / Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper. Princeton, NJ [u.a.]: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.321297032
  • 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
  • Foucault, M., Burchell, G., Senellart, M., Ewald, F., & Fontana, A. (2009). Security, Territory, Population : Lectures at the College De France, 1977 - 78. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=379853
  • Hall, C., & Rose, S. O. (2006). At Home with the Empire : Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World. Cambridge University Press.
  • Nelson, W. M., Hunt, L., & Desan, S. (2013). The French Revolution in Global Perspective. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=671401
  • Sidney W. Mintz. (1986). Sweetness and Power : The Place of Sugar in Modern History. Penguin Books.
  • 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
  • What is global history?, Conrad, S., 2016
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Globalgeschichte: Eine Einführung, Conrad, S., 2013
  • 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
  • SEMYONOV, A. (2017). “Global History Is More Than the History of Globalization”: Interview with Sebastian Conrad. Ab Imperio, 1, 23–44. https://doi.org/10.1353/imp.2017.0002
  • Writing history in the global era, Hunt, L., 2014