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Globalization and Empire


Admission requirements


The concept of First Global Age (1415-1776) has been broadly accepted as the first moment in history when one may speak of globalization as a historical process. This literature seminar will explore the relationship between concepts of globalization and the movement of European Expansion and the formation of Empires since the first steps of European expansion overseas until the decolonisation process many colonies underwent during the 2oth century.

Course objectives

Understand a range of concepts linked to discussions about globalization in history. Be informed and take part in the on-going historical debate on this subject. Be able to establish a connection between European expansion, formation of colonies and creation of empires and the on-going development of perceptions of historical globalization.


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Mode of instruction

Tutorial (attendance compulsory)

Assessment method

Students will be required to:

  • Write short-essays weekly

  • Make an oral presentation



Reading list

  1. A. G. Hopkins (ed.), Globalization in World History, London: Pimlico, 2002.
  2. B. Bailyn, Atlantic History: Concept and Contours, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002
  3. K. Ward, Networks of Empire : Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  4. D. Held a.o., Global Transformations, Cambridge: Polity, 2003.
  5. P. Dicken, Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy, London: Sage, 2007.
  6. to be announced


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Contact information

dr. C.A.P.Antunes