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Parallels in World History


In the light of some theoretical and historiographical reflections on the theme in general, the course will discuss some recent works on various aspects of colonial history in East and West. The course will focus on colonial societies and information gathering.

Course objectives

To gain in depth knowledge of some key issues in colonial history; capacity to understand and compare some regional case-studies in the global context.


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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

Victor Lieberman, Strange Parallels, Southeast Asia in Global Context c.800-1830, 2 vols (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003-2010).


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Contact information

dr. J.J.L. Gommans