General topics for the lectures across Terms 1, 2 and 3 are outlined below. These are subject to change depending on the particular interests of the module group.
Week 1. What is Global History, what is Ancient Global History and how will this module work?
Week 2. Overview of Ancient Mediterranean History + the kinds of evidence we have. Text of Megasthenes' Indika
Week 3. Overview of Ancient West Asian + Central Asian History + the kinds of evidence we have + Seminar 1. See the text of the Behistun Inscription of Darius and evidence for Parthian kings 2nd c CE.
Week 4. Overview of Ancient Indian history + the kinds of evidence we have. See the text of the RigVeda ; Kautilya's Arthashastra ; Edicts of Ashoka (also Megasthenes Indika in link above). Corpus inscriptionum Indicarum (Corpus of Indian Inscriptions): Vol 1 (Ashoka); Vol. 3 (Guptas); Gandhara Connections Art Project
Week 5. Overview of Ancient East Asian history + the kinds of evidence we have + Seminar 2. Key Texts: Spring and Autumn Annals Confucius Analects
Week 7. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: the ‘Axial age’ of great thinkers and ideas + Term 1 Assessment hand in
Week 8. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: Evolution of Empires + meeting of histories
Week 9. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: see the text Discourses of Salt and Iron
Week 10. Introduction of Oiko.world, investigation of database + short presentations on connective ancient global historical examples
Week 11. Comparative histories - ancient Greece and China + Oiko.world digital assessment session (for those persuing pathway 'C' in Term 2 Assessment). Key Text: Beecroft on Comparisons
Week 12. Comparative histories: writing history across the ancient world + Seminar 3
Week 13. Connective history: the development of the ancient Silk Roads in 1st-4th centuries CE
Week 14. Your ancient worlds: Class Presentations + Seminar 4. Presentations: Terracotta Warriors; Japan and China; Andean Cultures ; Ethiopia and Ancient Greece and Rome
Week 20 The meaning of a good: silk across the Silk Roads / Thinking ahead to exams
Week 21. Revision - what next for ancient global history? S.Whitfield Silk, Slaves and Stupas - the Steppe Earrings
Week 22. Revision - Gobbets
Week 23. Revision - Essays