Maritime history encompasses humankind’s relationships to the seas and oceans of the world. It is a heterogeneous research field which brings a variety of research perspectives together: shipping, nautical science, warfare at sea, exploration, overseas trade, the steam revolution, ports, containerization and seafaring communities are some of the main topics. In the past two decades maritime history has enjoyed a real renaissance. Besides economic, political and nautical themes, there is a new attention to social and cultural phenomena and the relation between maritime and global history. This seminar focuses on recent scholarly views and insights in the field of maritime history.
Students acquire a profound understanding o f the recent scholarly discussions in the maritime history by reading a number of influential works which students are expected to have studied prior to the session in which these books are discussed.
Mode of instruction
Students will be required to:
write short essays on each of the books (60%);
make an oral presentation (20%);
write a book review (20%).
J.R. Bruijn, Varend verleden. De Nederlandse oorlogsvloot in de 17de en 18de eeuw (Amsterdam 1998) (Or the English edition: The Dutch Navy of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Columbia, SC, 1993) Reprint: Research in Maritime History No. 45 (St. John’s, Newfoundland: International Maritime Economic History Association, 2011);
P. Butel, The Atlantic ( London 1999);
J.N.F.M. À. Campo, Engines of empire. Steamshipping and state formation in colonial Indonesia (Hilversum 2003);
Merja-Liisa Hinkkanen, David Kirby, The Baltic and the North Seas (London 2000);
M. Pearson, The Indian Ocean (London 2003);
N.A.M. Rodger, The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain 1649-1815 (London 2004).
E-mail: Ms.dr. A.M.C. van Dissel