HIS 82. Colonialism, Race and Power in the 19th and 20th Century

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HIS 82. Colonialism, Race and Power in the 19th and 20th Century

This course is concerned with one of the most important historical questions of our time: What made the modern world? Modern concepts of national identity, gender and class, religion and political ideologies cannot be understood outside the context of European colonialism of the 19th and 20th century. From contested borders and interstate disputes, through languages and cultures, to inequities in wealth and geopolitical power, the enduring effects of colonialism are evident everywhere today. Though often overlooked, the effects of colonial rule were also not uncontested at the time.

In this course, we will explore the driving factors of imperialist expansion in Asia and Africa: ‘science’-based understandings of racial differences, the European ‘civilising mission’ and nationalistic competition formed the justification of colonial conquest, colonisation, and economic exploitation. We shall investigate these issues from the perspective of both its practitioners and their colonial ‘subjects’, and we will trace impact events at the ‘periphery’ of the globe back to people and societies in Europe.

The intention is to try and understand European imperialism on its own terms at a theoretical level, and in ways that balance the specificities of regional history with the singularity of human experience. To achieve this, the course combines analysis of large-scale processes that made the modern world with the exploration of concrete case studies from across the globe. Ultimately, this course will provide you with insights into the roots of current international conflicts, expose you to one of the most innovative fields of current historical research and allow you to engage more deeply with concepts of nationalism, imperialism, power and racism from a variety of perspectives.

Course requirements:
- regular attendance and active participation are essential.
- the exam consists of a class presentation and a written essay.

Course objectives:
- have a clear understanding of the European colonial rule and current trends in the historiography.
- understand and critically evaluate varied primary sources and relate them to the wider historiography.
- understand long-term and short-term historical developments.
- analyse a complex historical event from different perspectives.
- understand and deploy correct terminology in a comprehensible manner.

Education

Methodological and Analytical Tools (HHIK03821E)
[Kandidatuddannelsen i historie [almen profil], 2019-ordningen]

Methodological and Analytical Tools (HHIK03821E)
[Kandidatdelen af sidefaget i historie [kun for studerende, hvis centrale fag hører under et andet hovedområde end humaniora], 2019-ordningen]

MA-Area 2: Methodological and Analytical Tools (HHIK03901E) 
[Kandidatuddannelsen i historie, 2022-ordningen]

MA-Area 2: Methodological and Analytical Tools (HHIK03901E)
[Kandidatdelen af sidefaget i historie, 2022-ordningen]

MA-Area 8: Historical Area with Focus on Methodology (HHIK03981E)
[Kandidatdelen af sidefaget i historie [kun for studerende, hvis centrale fag hører under et andet hovedområde end humaniora], 2022-ordningen]

MA-Area 8: Historical Area with Focus on Methodology (HHIK13981E)
[Kandidattilvalg i historie, 2022-ordningen]

Group teaching / excursions

- C. A. Bayly: The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914:  Global Connections and Comparisons. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004.
- A. L. Stoler: Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016.
- H. L. Wesseling: The European Colonial Empires: 1815-1919. London: Routledge, 2004.

Written
Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other under invigilation
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 203
  • Exam Preparation
  • 129,5
  • English
  • 388,5

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
HHIK02822U
ECTS
15 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
Master’s minor subject
Duration

1 semester

Placement
Autumn
Schedulegroup
See scheme link
Studyboard
Study Board of Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Contracting department
  • SAXO-Institute - Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Daniel Steinbach   (9-7e7f7074796d6c6e734b738078397680396f76)
Saved on the 16-05-2022

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