'Making of the Modern World' is the first year core module for all full-time History single honours and joint degree students. It may also be taken as an option by part-time students, visiting students, and students from other departments. In addition to the standard timetable, the module is also offered every few years as an evening option for part-time Historical Studies students. The module is only available as a 30 CAT version.
The module contextualises later modern history by providing a framework in which major historical processes of the later modern era are studied on a world-wide scale. The module moves away from a eurocentric and narrative focus and provides more scope for historical approaches based on, among other things, culture, identity and environmental history. The central focus of the module is the rise of the modern, its diffusion and resistance to it. Central features are the Enlightenment, the rise of democracy, industrialisation, imperialism and political and cultural revolution.
Module Convenor: Professor Sarah Hodges