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Caravans and Traders: Global Connections, 1200-1500 (HI2B8): Assessment and Contact Hours


The assessment for this second-year 15 CATS option module is as follows:

  • (30% - deadline Wednesday Week 5 at 12.00). A 1,500 'source review' choosing one of the following books to focus your review on:
    • Abu-Lughod, Janet L., Before European hegemony: the world system A.D. 1250 - 1350 (New York, 1989)
    • Burbank, Jane and Frederick Cooper, Empires in world history: power and the politics of difference (Princeton, 2010)
    • Dunn, Ross E., The adventures of Ibn Battuta, a Muslim traveler of the 14th century (Updated ed, Berkeley, Calif. ; London, 2012) E-Book
    • Liu Xinru, The Silk Road in world history (Oxford; New York, 2010)
    • McNeill, John Robert and William Hardy McNeill, The human web: a bird’s-eye view of world history (1st ed, New York, 2003)
    • Pomeranz, Kenneth and Steven Topik, The world that trade created: society, culture, and the world economy, 1400 to the present (3rd ed, London ; New York, 2015)
  • (70% - deadline Wednesday Week 10 at 12.00). A 3,000 essay on one of the seminar questions.

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  • Formative group presentation in Week 7.

Contact Hours

Student contact hours for this second-year 15 CATS option module are as follows:

  • Module duration: Ten weeks
  • Lectures: Nine one-hour lectures
  • Seminars: Nine one-hour seminars
  • Tutorials: Two hours of feedback and essay preparation
  • Total: Twenty hours