Galleons and Caravans introduces the global history of the early modern world. We are now living in a time of both great connections and significant divisions and misunderstandings between different parts of the world. This module addresses these by investigating the history of cultural interactions between different parts of the world, especially in religion, art, science, trade and consumption habits. This 30 CATS second-year option module follows the circulation of people, knowledge and goods in the early modern world, and compares empires and great cities. The module will be set within the theoretical framework of global history. Topics include diasporas, material culture, the Chinese and Ottoman empires, cities, the silk route, the Manila galleons, maps and travellers.
In the summer of 2015, a Galleons student (who took the module in her second year) is completing a Undergraduate Research Support Scheme:-funded project on visual materials and global connections.
In the summer of 2013, five Galleons & Caravans students completed research projects accepted as part of the scheme:Holly Winter, 'The Scandal of Empire: Anglo-Indian Material Culture and the making of the English Country House',
Tereza Hausmanova, 'The Manila galleons in global history: trans-pacific exchanges and consumer cultures, 1400-1800',
Ilina Sen, 'Global Gifts: Embassies to the Mughal Emperors and the Role of Gift-giving, 1600-1750',
Samantha Tanizar, 'Mestizo cultures in early modern Malacca in a global perspective',
and Charles Beirouti, with a project based in the French Department.