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Galleons and Galleys: Global Connections 1500-1800 (HI2C1)


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Convenors: Maxine Berg (H020) ( and Guido van Meersbergen (H014) (

Lecturers: Maxine Berg, Anne Gerritsen, Luca Mola, Guido van Meersbergen, Adrianna Catena

Seminar Tutors: Somak Biswas (; Maxine Berg (

Office hours: Somak Biswas: Wednesday 12-1, H028; Maxine Berg: Wednesday 12-1, H020.

Lecture Times: Tuesday 3-4, OC1.06 (Oculus).

Seminar Times: Term 1: Wednesday 10-11, S2.81 (Social Science) (Group 1); Wednesday 11-12, LIB1 (Library) ((Group 2).

Term 2: Thursday 10-11, R1.13 (Ramphal).


This module considers the history of cultural interactions between different parts of the world, especially in the exchange of material artefacts, knowledge, and trade in the period 1500-1800. This one-term module follows the circulation of silver, commodities such as spices, porcelain and textiles, plants and diseases, as well as technology and ideas. It deals with the connections created between empires and across cultural and religious divides. Such contacts could lead to peace and prosperity but also to war, enslavement and destruction. The module introduces students to the theoretical framework of global history and recent scholarship that questions the role of early modern Europe in relation to other historical traditions and the histories of different parts of the world.

This second-year undergraduate 15 CATS module runs for ten weeks in the Autumn and Spring terms. By the end of the module students will gain an understanding of non-European histories, and their connections with and impact on early modern and eighteenth-century European history.

There are no pre-requisite or post-requisite modules. However, students wishing to take this module are encouraged to consider also taking HI2B8 Caravans and Traders: Global Connections, 1200-1500.