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Colonial and Global: Religion and Empire


Admission requirements



Recent developments in imperial history teach us that the histories of colony and metropole need to be placed in one analytic frame. This literature seminar will build on these developments and will explore the relationship between religion, mission, and empire building, linking together three fields of historical study: imperial, domestic, and overseas regional.

Course objectives

  • The ability to analyze and evaluate literature and sources for the purpose of producing an original scholarly argument

  • Insight into the social relevance of history

  • Knowledge and comprehension of the specialization Colonial and Global History and its historiography, more specifically: relationship between religion, mission, and empire building;

  • Knowledge and comprehension of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological aspects of the specialization Colonial and Global History, more specifically: the application of economic concepts, research methods or models; insight into the argumentation of current debates;

  • Knowledge and comprehension of the theoretical foundation of the discipline and of its position vis a vis other disciplines

  • Be informed about and take part in the on-going historical debate on this subject


Timetable History

Mode of instruction

  • Literature seminar

Course Load

Total: 280 hours

  • Class: 7 × 2 = 14 hours.

  • AQCI-assignments: 7 × 2 = 14 hours

  • Presentation: 1 × 4 = 4 hours

  • Essay: 1 × 8 = 8 hours

  • Reading: 240 hours (2400 pp.)

Assessment method

Assessment and grading method (in percentages):.

  • 6 x AQCI-assignment

  • 1 x presentation

  • 1 x essay (2000 words)

  • Participation in class

  • All AQCIP-assignments (30%), presentation and participation (30%) and the essay (40%) are graded and should be 6 or more.

Assignments demonstrating the following skills:

  • AQCIP-Assignments 30% will test the ability to give a clear written report on the research results in English or Dutch.

  • presentation and participation in the discussions (providing and reacting upon constructive academic feedback ) 30% will test the ability to give an oral presentation and participate in class, and the ability to provide constructive academic feedback

  • Essay 40% will test the ability to give a clear written report on the research results

  • All components should be passed

  • the final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average

Extra for Res Ma students:
Write an additional book review


Only for practical instruction.

Reading list

  • Hilary M.Carey, God’s empire: Religion and colonialism in the British world, c. 1801-1908 (Cambridge, 2011).

  • J.P. Daughton, An empire divided: Religion, republicanism, and the making of French colonialism, 1880-1914 (Oxford, 2006).

  • Patricia Grimshaw and Andrew May (eds), Missionaries, indigenous peoples and cultural exchange (Brighton, Portland, Toronto, 2010)

  • Catherine Hall, Civilising subjects: Metropole and colony in the English imagination, 1830-1867 (Cambridge, 2002).

  • John M. MacKenzie (ed.), European empires and the people: Popular responses to imperialism in France, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Italy (Manchester, 2011).

  • Andrew Porter, Religion versus empire? British Protestant missionaries and overseas expansion, 1700-1914 (Manchester, New York, 2004).

  • Andrew Thompson, The Empire strikes back: The impact of imperialism on Britain from the mid-nineteenth century (Harlow, 2005).


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Dr. T. van den Berge


If only native speakers of Dutch participate, the course may be taught in Dutch.