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This Advanced Option will introduce students through a thematic approach to modern global history (post 1750) and the history of globalization. The primary aims of the module are:

  • To introduce students to key theories of globalization.
  • To train students to consider contemporary debates in a historical perspective.
  • To explore a range of topics related to globalization and understand how some key features of human history have changed over the period from 1750 to the present.
  • To understand how globalization has shaped people’s lives since the industrial revolution.
  • To provide students with perspectives on globalization from the point of view of different world areas (e.g. China, India, and Africa).
  • To apply a multidisciplinary approach to the study of historical processes by integrating the history of globalization with sociological, economic, anthropological and social and political science approaches.
  • To consider concepts such as cosmopolitanism, globalism and global culture through the use of primary and secondary sources.

There is no single textbook. Here are some suggestions:

Very Short Introductions and Textbooks/Readers

- Jürgen Osterhammel and Niels P. Peterson, Globalization: A Short History (Princeton, 2005). HY 100.O8

- Bruce Mazlish, The New Global History (New York, 2006). HY 100.M2

- Bruce Mazlish and Akira Iriye, ed., The Global History Reader (New York, 2005). D 842.M37

- Peter N Stearns, Globalization in World History (London, 2009). HY 100.S8 and online book.

- Nigel Thrift et alt., Globalization in Practice (Oxford 2014) JZ1318.G5633

On the 19th century

- C.A. Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World (2004). D 299.B2.

- Jürgen Osterhammel, The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century (Princeton, 2014).

- Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Willamson, Globalization and History: the evolution of a nineteenth-century Atlantic economy (Cambridge, Mass., 1999). Ebook

- Gary Bryan Magee, and Andrew S Thompson, Empire and Globalisation: Networks of People, Goods and Capital In the British World, C. 1850-1914 (Cambridge, 2010). HC 2111.M2

Individual parts might be of use:

- J. Bentley, ed., Handbook of World History (Oxford, 2011). D 20.O974

- T. Ivan Berend, An Economic History of Twentieth-Century Europe (Cambridge, 2006). HK 207.B3

- Michael D. Bordo, Alan M. Taylor, and Jeffrey G. Williamson, eds., Globalization in Historical Perspective (Chicago, 2003). HY 100.G5 and EBook

- Roland Findlay and Kevin H. O'Rourke, Power and Plenty: trade, war, and the world economy in the second millennium (Princeton, 2007). HK 10.F4

- Annabelle Mooney and Betsy Evans, Globalization: The Key Concepts (London, 2007). JE 120.E7 and online

- Bryan S. Turner, ed., The Routledge international Handbook of Globalization Studies (Abingdon, 2010). JE 120.G5