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Semester 1

Global Asia: Contact, Exchange and Colonialism in the Early Modern World (HIST10491)







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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year History courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any 3rd year History course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the History department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

The course is a global history course that takes Asia as its focus while emphasizing its connections with other parts of the world. The roughly three-hundred-and-fifty-year period that is covered is significant because in this time we see the dominance of Asian countries in global trade as well as their eventual demise beginning in the 19th century. The course is designed to introduce students to Asian perspectives on the changes and developments of the early modern period.

Course Description

The early modern period saw the rise of European exploration and imperialism which was initially spurred by the desire to have direct access to prized Asian commodities. This course considers this period of global connections and rise of European imperialism from the perspective of Asian societies. The course is organized both chronologically and thematically. It begins with a look at interactions in the Indian Ocean World and between Asian societies prior to the early modern period and then moves to a focus on specific encounters and exchanges between Asia and Europe and Asia and the Americas. Later classes focus on the movement of goods in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the European expansion into and dominance of Asian trade.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 80%, Practical Exam 20%

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