Course image AM407:Slavery and Slave Life in the American South, 1619-1865 2020/21

This module explores the system of slavery established in the United States and the lived experience of those enslaved by it.

Course image AM421:The Drug Trade in the Americas 2020/21
Course image AM434:From the Blues to Hip Hop 2020/21
Course image HI2A5:Individual, Polis and Society: Philosophical Reflections on History 2020/21
Course image HI2B1:America in Black and White? Contemporary US Race and Racism in Historical Context 2020/21
Course image HI2B8:Caravans and Traders: Global Connections, 1200-1500 2020/21
Course image HI2C9:War, Sex & Gender in the United States: from Civil War to WWII 2020/21

Full information about this module-- including the video lectures and seminar readings-- can be found on the module website.

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Course image HI2D2:Corruption in Britain and its Empire 1600-1850 2020/21
Course image HI2D4:Race, Ethnicity, and Migration in Modern Britain 2020/21
Course image HI2E1:Historiography I: Methods and Theories in their Historical Context, 1750-c.1990 2020/21
Course image HI2E2:Historiography II: Recent and Emerging Trends in History Writing, 1990 to today 2020/21

While Historiography I introduced students to key methodological and theoretical approaches in history writing from the Enlightenment to roughly the 1990s, Historiography II explores such themes from the 1990s to the present. However, unlike Historiography I, the 9 lectures/seminars do not proceed chronologically. Instead, each week focuses on a different important theme/theory/methodology which is currently hotly debated among academic historians. Each lecture is therefore presented by a member of staff specialised in the week’s theme. While each lecture will start off with a brief introduction into the historiography of the subject, the bulk of it will concentrate on the individual lecturer’s methodological and theoretical approach. Historiography II aims to offer students a clear idea of what is currently exciting and important in Anglo-American academic history writing. It will develop students’ abilities in study, research, and oral and written communication, through a programme of seminars, lectures and essay work. Students are encouraged to link their studies in Historiography II with their other second- and third-year modules. Historiographical knowledge will help students to choose a dissertation topic and supervisor in year 3.

Course image HI2E4:Research Project (HI2E4-30) 2020/21
Course image HI2E5:The Supernatural in Early Modern Britain 2020/21
Course image HI2E9:Crossing Boundaries and Breaking Norms in the Medieval World 2020/21
Course image HI2F4:Modern China in Eight Events 2020/21
Course image HI2F6:Science in the Early Modern World 2020/21
Course image HI2F8:The Right to the City: United States Urban History in the 20th Century 2020/21
Course image HI2G2:From Fireplace to Cyberspace: The Folklore of the British Isles from Prehistory to the Present 2020/21

“Folklore expresses fundamental human needs, desires, and anxieties which are often not revealed through other means” (Simon J. Bronner). It allows people to create traditions, share knowledge, and give meaning to everyday life. The folklore of the British Isles has always been in a constant process of regeneration. The old and the new, the oral, the textual, and the visual have mixed and mingled. Folklore has moved from the countryside to towns and cities and now to the Internet as digital communication encourages new forms of vernacular expression.

The module focuses on folklore beliefs, practices, and representations from prehistory to the present. Topics include: the ritual year; birth, marriage, and death; the supernatural; place; work and play; urban legends and cyberlore. The module considers similarities and differences between England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland and it also encourages you to reflect on the broader global framework.

Course image HI2G4:Radical Politics in Europe I (1917-1929) 2020/21
Course image HI2G6:Africa in the First Globalization (14th-18th c.) 2020/21

In the last sixty years, there has been an increasing interest in the history of Sub-Saharan African history before European colonial rule. In the 1960s, after African countries became independent, many scholars moved away from Eurocentric paradigms to explore the African past in order to enhance the historicity and agency of African societies, from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern period. This module seeks to study the African continent within the wider context of Global history, by studying Africa's place in the First Globalization (14th-18th c.).

Principal Module Aims

This module aims to introduce students to precolonial African history. It is centred on the themes of state formation and it places special emphasis on the connections between the African societies and the rest of the world.

Learning Outcomes
  • Obtaining knowledge on the different networks in which African societies and actors were engaged
  • Identifying major themes and methodologies in African Early Modern History
  • Establish intellectual bridges between African and non-African historiographies
  • Classifying the environmental, political and cultural diversity of Early Modern Africa
  • Critically evaluate and interpret a variety of primary sources and historiographical traditions
  • Developing research skills, historiographical engagement, presentation skills, and critical analysis through individual and group work