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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.
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 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.