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Core Course: Debates in World History

Convenors: Prof David Maxwell and Dr Jeppe Mulich

Michaelmas Term, two-hour seminar per week over eight weeks
Assessment: 3–4,000 word essay (10% of the overall mark)

WH MPhil - Core

Under what circumstances did the scholarly field of world history emerge? How do its concerns overlap with, and differ from, those of global and imperial history, area studies, and post-colonial studies? This core course for the MPhil in World History provides an overview of key historiographical debates, through close reading of significant interventions in the secondary literature. It is taught through a series of eight two-hour discussion seminars, in which students will participate actively. The course will be run jointly, and members of the World History group will take specific sessions on fields in which they specialise.


Topics for 2018-19

  • Imperialism, colonialism, post-colonialism and world history
  • The history of world regions
  • Economic history and world history
  • Pre-modern globalisation
  • Race and racism in world history
  • Christianity: the history of a world religion
  • Oceanic history and world history

This information is provided for illustrative purposes only.