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  • Objectives
    This unique MA programme explores the making of the modern world from a global point of view. It focuses on the rapidly developing connections between different human societies from the later eighteenth century and the emergence of novel cultures, ideologies and forms of global economic activities. Drawing on the spread of expertise within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and other Schools within the Faculty of Arts, the programme features a wide range of comparative and interdisciplinary study. You will be encouraged to develop both conceptual and theoretical approaches to the understanding of the modern world, as well as learn research methodologies appropriate to your chosen fields of specialisation.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Good degree and references.
  • Academic Title
    World History (MA)
  • Course description
    Core course

    All students take the core course Modern World History, which serves as an introduction to the historiography and intellectual history of the concept of ‘world history’, and explores such issues as the cross-cultural transfers of technology, large-scale population movements, the circulation of commodities, and the spread of religious faiths, ideas and ideals.


    You may choose from a wide variety of options, but those wishing to take a more focused pathway through the degree may specialise in Asian History, Africa and the Middle East, Imperialism and Post-Colonial Societies, or The Americas and Atlantic History.

    Options may include:

    -Africa in the European Imagination
    -Disease and Society in Africa in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
    -Colonialism and Conquest in Southern Africa
    -Southern Africa since 1945
    -French Colonialism and Decolonisation
    -Art and Memory in Post-Apartheid Society
    -Politics and Islam
    -Arab-Israeli Question
    -Slavery, Abolition and British Metropolitan Society
    -Post-Colonial Discourse and the Novel
    -Native American Literature
    -Empires in Modern East Asia
    -Modern Japanese Society and Culture – 1868–1945
    -Migrants and Minorities in Asia
    -Gandhi and Non-Violence in Comparative Perspective
    -An Empire of Knowledge – Science, Colonialism and Power in British India, 1750–1950
    -The Dark Continent, Imaging India in Metropolitan Britain, 1700–2000
    -Western Images of Japan 1868–1912
    -Cultural History of Cities in Modern Asia
    -Literature and Modern Chinese Nationalism
    -London and Berlin in the Age of Empire
    -Race and the Victorians
    -Immigration and Society since 1945
    -International Security and Global Governance
    -Nationalism and Ethno-Religious Conflict
    -International Political Economy
    -Politics of Globalisation.

    Teaching is by seminar, with individual supervision meetings for the dissertation.

    Each core and option module is assessed by an esay of 4000–5000 words. Dissertation of 15,000 words.

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