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World history at Cambridge

World history is one of the Cambridge History Faculty’s core strengths in research and teaching.

The faculty has offered survey courses on the history of modern Africa
and South Asia for over five decades, and these have been joined in
recent years by courses on Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East,
and the Indian and Pacific Oceans, taught by experts in these fields.
We also offer two wide-ranging and diverse introductions to world
history, which offer global and comparative perspectives on
imperialism and nationalism.

At the graduate level, we are currently recruiting for our
newly-established MPhil in World History. This offers students an
opportunity to deepen their understanding of debates on a range of
topics, from non-Western political thought to African print cultures
and the comparative history of empire, as well as the chance to work
on a research project under the supervision of leading experts in
their field.

We also have a substantial cohort of PhD students, working on topics
as varied as Spanish colonialism in the early modern Philippines,
Chinese gendered advertising in South China and Southeast Asia, and
labour migration in nineteenth-century Alexandria and Beirut.
Our large and diverse teaching body includes scholars hailing from
Peru, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Lebanon,
the United States, France, and Britain. This group has helped to shape
a number of new historical fields, from global intellectual and
economic history to the history of humanitarianism, decolonisation,
and oceanic history. Together with colleagues in European, British,
and North American history, we share a common concern with mapping out
the connections, convergences and divergences that have shaped the
modern world, and in doing so produce truly global perspectives on our
shared pasts.


Here is a map, designed by Meeraal Shafaat-Bokharee, plotting the wide geographical range of projects undertaken by students on the MPhil in World History since 2015.