This innovatively structured module is taught in small seminar groups (10-15). The module explores the position of empires and their aftermaths in global history. It is designed to encourage students to think in comparative terms. The module covers the impact of imperialism on different parts of the globe, including Africa, South Asia and East Asia. It also considers the impact imperialism and the end of empire had on the history of Western European countries, including Britain. The module encourages reflection on how we should think and write about imperialism and its aftermath. There is be a significant emphasis on the ideas and methodologies of what has become known as post-colonialism. The module considers the extent to which imperialism continues to exert an influence over the ways in which historians and others conceptualise parts of the world that were once colonised as well as former colonial powers.
Taught in small seminar groups (5-12) this module explores the problem of narrating the history of twentieth-century Britain. It asks whether the story of Britain in the twentieth century in on of the making, unmaking, and remaking of the nation. It examines the roles of social change, war, Empire, culture, and politics in the construction of the nation. It assesses the extent to which class, gender, and race divided as well as united the British people. It considers the relationship between British identity and that of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom. And it concludes with examination of the roles of history and the heritage industry in the narration of the nation.
Warwick's Modern Records Centre has some excellent resources for the course.
Session Leader, 'What's the Point in History?', Aim Higher Summer School Session, University of Warwick, UK, (August, 2006).