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Starting around 1000 CE, this subject surveys some broad historical trends in the areas of religion, trade, imperialism and colonialism, political movements, war and conflicts, technology, art, and economic developments. It is geographically eclectic, examining the development of ideas and movements of peoples across Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. Case studies will illustrate in more detail the complexities of daily life during this exciting and lengthy phase of global activities. The teaching focus will be on training in foundational academic skills: critical thinking; document analysis and précis; and basic academic writing.
In the 1750s, the world consisted of many different societies, cultures, states and empires. They were linked not only by trade but also in other ways: ideas, technologies and conflicting notions of the way the world should be. This subject looks at the development of the Modern World and the political, social and economic elements that made it. It includes matters as diverse as revolutions and daily life, gender, trade, human rights, political movements, religion, war and mass culture. Case studies are used to illustrate the broader themes in the subject, which will vary from year to year.
This subject offers a 'Big History' approach to the study of Ancient History. It explores case studies from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome in the context of the wider picture of human evolution. It investigates how disciplines such as cosmology, biology, anthropology and archaeology have advanced our understanding of history. It will examine how global events such as a changing climate and volcanic activity may have impacted upon ancient societies. The subject will also help students to understand the broader political, social and economic context of the classical period of ancient history.
This subject surveys the history of the Pacific Ocean from first human settlement to the late nineteenth Century. It explores the influences, processes and events that have connected island societies with each other, with nations on the ocean's rim and with the wider world. Drawing on diverse Indigenous and Western perspectives, it examines the nature and significance of maritime mobilities, cross-cultural encounters, and the circulation and exchange of people, commodities and ideas. This subject also critically engages with the shifting conceptual frameworks used to imagine, represent and make sense of this region, its peoples and its pasts.
World War Two shattered Europe and its empires, leaving a world divided between the United States and its Communist rivals, the Soviet Union and China. In the decades that followed 1945, more than one hundred former colonies gained their independence, the Soviet Union rose and fell, and Asia became once more a dominant force in world affairs. It was an era of economic prosperity and environmental challenges, civil and workers' rights, womens' liberation, popular culture, consumerism, and demands for greater freedom and equality. The aim of this subject is to explore the approaches used by historians to understand the complexities of the post-war world.
This subject examines the history of Rome from the early republic to the collapse of the Western Empire in the fifth century CE. As well as providing a general survey of Roman history it will also focus on a number of key themes. These could include: the republican system of government, women in Rome, the significance of the military, Roman culture, slavery, the rise of Christianity, crises of the later empire. Some comparison with other contemporary Eurasian empires will be made.
The archive is the historian's laboratory. History is written using the materials that survive to give us clues about the past. From the history of book-burning to the challenges of writing history from oral traditions, to the advent of digital archives, the subject will provide training in how historical evidence is created. It will provide students with practical experience in accessing primary materials and instruction in how to classify and analyse historical evidence. The subject will also focus on use of digital tools and resources which are enabling new ways of researching the past.
Film is a powerful tool when it comes to representations of the past, frequently commanding more popular authority than the works of scholars. Books take a long time to read: movies or documentaries are consumed within a matter of hours. But what makes a film 'historical'? Film can reflect the present through the use of the past. Films made in the past offer an interesting insight into their contemporary culture. Documentaries appear to offer historical 'truths'. Film has been used to promote the views of the state through propaganda. Using selected examples, this subject examines film as an interpretive tool in historical representation and the use of film as a source of social history. Six films will be screened in the subject. History, rather than the medium, is the focus of the subject.
The subject will explore major political events and socio-economic change in China after the proclamation of the Peoples Republic in 1949. The impact of these events is still felt in China today and has influenced her relationship with Asian neighbours, Australia and the United States. Events that the subject will explore include the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, economic reforms, Tiananmen Square Incident, Chinese foreign policy, environment issues, government and resurgent nationalism. Students will also be introduced to current events so that they will understand political and social changes in China today.
This subject will consider the various ways in which the role of Europe in world history has been understood and debated by historians and other commentators. It has a major historiographical focus and will include arguments regarding European exceptionalism and the extent to which Europe experienced economic and industrial take-off in the nineteenth century or was perceived to dominate the world. Other themes could include the idea of Europe as a continent, Europe and secularisation, Jews in European history, Europe's relations with Islam, Europe and warfare, Europe and the idea of the West, as well as the historiographical debates germane to the history of gender, technology, culture, work, economic / political change, human rights, social justice, and class in terms of Europe in world history.
This subject examines why it was that the era of 'mass politics' that emerged in the early Twentieth century led to a decline in democracy and to an era of revolution and war. The concepts of dictatorship and democracy will be explored in the light of political theory and historical examples spread across cultures. Case studies will vary from year to year but could include the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships, Fascist Italy, Mao's China, Japanese militarism and Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
'Making History' investigates the writing of history. Theoretical issues examined include: causation in history; types of historical explanation; varieties of history writing; the production and status of historical knowledge. The subject provides an overview of the many varieties of history, including cultural, feminist, Marxist, postmodern, micro-history and oral history. Training includes: formulating research problems; planning and undertaking research; understanding and using secondary and primary sources; accessing and retrieving research information.
Using different perspectives, this subject introduces students to broad questions of war, its nature, its impact on society and its representations. Issues discussed include the definitions and causes of war, the nature of combat, international diplomacy and war, gender and war, war as represented in literature and popular culture and the place of war in notions of national identity. It is informed by, and informs, the elective subjects offered in the Studies in War and Society major.
The twentieth century was a world of colliding empires. As the British Empire declined, its offspring, the United States, rose. These two world powers were often at odds and yet were inextricably intertwined. This subject examines the cultures of these imperial centres and their colonial peripheries. It pays particular attention to the popular cultures and popular politics of empire. Topics may include: slavery and anti-slavery; anti-colonial movements; civil war; gender and adventure fiction; exhibitions and imperial might; sport and informal empire; war and imperialistic jingoism; civil rights campaigns; and, immigration controls at the beginnings and ends of empire. Regions may include: Ireland and UK; USA and Canada; India; Africa; and, Australasia.
This subject explores some of the major historiographical controversies in the field of ancient history. The subject focuses upon major gaps in the written record and familiarises students with the interpretative methods deployed by historians to overcome these gaps. The student will gain a deeper understanding of how reliable are our chronologies and historical narratives, and the methods used by historians to understand diverse sources, including historical, religious and literary texts. The subject will examine how our understanding of ancient society has changed over time.
This subject introduces students to geographical, historical, cultural forces and social frameworks that have shaped modern France and its people. It seeks to provide essential information which forms part of every French speaker's consciousness by focusing on some of the key elements of French culture and civilisation through a chronological overview of the most important events in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and 17th centuries, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and the Third Republic until 1914. This subject provides an intellectual and skills based subject for the French major.