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


Lectures: Maxine Berg, Giorgio Riello, Anne Gerritsen, Guido van Meersbergen, Ariana Catena

Seminar Tutors: Professor Giorgio Riello and Professor Anne Gerritsen

Office: H014 and H018, ground floor of the Humanities Building

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Term-Time Office Hours: Wednesdays 11-12 and Thursdays 9-10am

Lecture Times: Tuesdays, 3-4 H060.

Seminar Times: 
Wednesdays (S1) 9-10, room H344
Wednesdays (S3) 11-12, room H005
Wednesdays (S2) 12-1, room H105
Thursdays (S4) 10-11, room OC005


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, trade goods such as spices, porcelain and textiles, plants and disease, and knowledge. It deals with the connections created across empires and cultural and religious devides. These 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 European history 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 spring term. 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 in the autumn term.