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Global History



While global history has triggered numerous new debates amongst historians, this particular course is tailored specifically for students of international relations, for whom a basic understanding of modern global history is absolutely essential. The starting observation is that over the modern period (roughly 1500-present), international relations occurred not in a world of states, but in a world of empires. The course therefore focuses first and foremost on the making and unmaking of modern European empires, the impact of which continues to be deeply felt in international relations to this day, from the tensions between India and Pakistan to the conflicts in the Middle East.

Course Objectives

The ultimate goals of the course are threefold:
1) To provide students with a solid sense of chronology;
2) To outline the core events in both the processes of modern imperial expansion and in the various acts of resistance to empire that eventually brought about a new world order;
3) To allow students to think more critically about the weight of this heritage on contemporary international relations.

Mode of Instruction:


Study Material:

The reading list and the course syllabus will be posted on Blackboard before the start of the course

Assessment Method

Final exam

The time and location of inspection and debriefing of the exam will be announced via Blackboard no later than the publication of the grades.


See general information on Tab 'Year 1'

Timetable - courses and exams