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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 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.
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.
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.