Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Global History: Theories and Applications

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit directs attention to the ways in which the processes of pre-imperialism and of imperialist expansion were also those of globalisation. Features such as economic development and/or exploitation, systems of imperial rule, processes of migration and settlement, indigenous resistance and anti-colonialism, all make distance over space less important and interdependence across the globe more significant. In this study-unit, this fast-growing field of globalisation will be analysed through the study and application of theories and concepts of global history. These include the established theories of race, class, economy, nationalism and imperialism, along with the innovative concepts of gender, environmental relations, transnational history and international relations. These methods and theories will be applied and analysed in a number of case-studies from the various imperial (and neo-imperial) experiences that developed in the European powers’ quest of controlling the Americas, Africa and Asia. The period under study stretches from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit is designed to:
• make students aware that globalisation is not just a modern-day concept, but a long-term process;
• stimulate debate and encourage deeper analysis of the key concepts of global and imperial history;
• encourage students to analyse the development of imperialism and globalisation through generally Eurocentric theories and concepts, in order to validate or challenge them accordingly;
• explore the extent to which globalisation is a pre-modern, modern or postmodern phenomenon.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• acquire a thorough understanding of the processes of globalisation through the study of transnational interactions and their implications;
• explain the main theories of race, class, economy, nationalism and imperialism, gender and environmental relations;
• demonstrate extensive knowledge about the several political, economic and social thinkers who contributed to the theoretical debates that developed around the long-term process of globalisation.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• define and apply theories to specific case studies from the broad imperial spectrum;
• read selectively and critically the wide range of secondary sources;
• make good use of academic online resources;
• plan and write a well-structured essay with a coherent presentation of arguments.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Abu-Lughod, J. L., Before European Hegemony: the world system AD 1250-1350 (1989).
- Bentley, J., ‘Globalizing History and Historicizing Globalization’, Globalizations, 1, 1 (2004).
- Frank, A.G. and Gills, B. (eds), The World System: five hundred years or five thousand? (1993).
- Frank, A.G., Re-Orient; global economy in the Asian Age (1998).
- Gills, B.K. and W.R. Thompson, Globalization and Global History (2006).
- Held, D. et al, Global Transformations (1999).
- Hobson, J. M., The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation (2004).
- Holton, R. J., Making Globalization (2005).
- Hopkins, A.G. (ed), Globalization in World History (2002).
- Hopkins, A.G. ed., Global History: Interactions Between the Universal and the Local (2006).
- Osterhammel, J. and Petersson, N.P., Globalization: a short history (2005).
- Robertson, R., Globalization: Social Theory and Global Culture (1992).

- Aart Scholte, J., Globalization: a Critical Introduction (2005).
- Ballantyne T. and Burton A., Empires and the Reach of the Global, 1870-1940 (2014).
- Bayly, C.A. The Birth of the Modern World (2004).
- Cameron, A. and Palan, R., The Imagined Economies of Globalization, (2003).
- Hirst, P. and Thompson, G., Globalization in Question (1999).
- Holton, R., ‘The inclusion of the non-European World in International Society, 1870s-1920s: evidence from global networks’, Global Networks, 5, 3 (2005).
- O’Rourke, K. H. and Williamson, J.G., Globalization and History: the evolution of a nineteenth century Atlantic economy (1999).
- Porter, B., The Lion’s Share, a History of British imperialism (1996).
- Robertson, R. The Three Waves of Globalization: A History of Developing Consciousness (2003).
- Williamson, J. G. ‘Globalization, Convergence and History’ in The Journal of Economic History 56, 2 (1996).

- Kofman, E. and Youngs, G., ‘Introduction: Globalisation - the second wave’ in E. Kofmanand G. Youngs, eds, Globalisation: Theory and Practice (1996).
- Lorimer, D., Imperialism in the 21st Century: War, Neo-liberalism & Globalisation (2002).
- Rosenberg, J., 'Globalization Theory: a post-mortem', International Politics, 42 (2005).

- Anderson, B., Imagined Communities, Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, (1993).
- Chatterjee, P.. Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World. A Derivative Discourse? (1986).
- Renan, E., ‘What is a Nation?’, reprinted in H. Bhabha (ed.), Nation and Narration, (1990).

Economy and Capitalism
- Fieldhouse, D. K., Economics and Empire 1839-1914 (1973).
- Hicks, J., A Theory of Economic History (1969).
- Jones, E. L., The European Miracle (1981).
- Rodney, W., How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1973).
- Wallerstein, E., The Modern World System (1974).

- Appiah, K. A., ‘Racisms’, in D. T: Goldberg (ed.), Anatamoy of Racism (1990).
- Dubow, S., ‘Afrikaner Nationalism, Apartheid and the Conceptualisation of “Race”, Journal African History, 33.
- Pereira Macedo D. and Gounari, P., The Globalization of Racism (2005).
- Stoler, A. L., ‘Racial Histories and their Regimes of Truth’, Political Power and Social Theory, 11 (1997).

- Bayly, C. A. The Birth of the Modern World 1780-1914, Global Connections and Comparisons (2004).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Simone Azzopardi

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