The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.
‘Universal history’ is one of the oldest historical genres. Local histories always needed to be anchored in the stories of other peoples and kingdoms. What we call ‘transnational history’ has been called many other things, but the history of interaction with others outside one tribe, society or nation has always struggled with the history of a single people itself. The discipline of university-based history was born in the process of telling the story of individual nations, but it has always had a complicated relationship with the history of events and processes outside.
Since the 1990s, alongside the explicit globalisation of economic and cultural phenomena in many parts of the world, there has been an expansion in the history-writing that is explicitly ‘transnational’, concerned with interactions of different kinds beyond the nation-state.
As a platform for students’ research into how history of particular regions study connect with other places, this module introduces students to different approaches to transnational history. After starting with two general sessions on world history and the transnational turn, the following sessions will examine transnational approaches to a range of historical topics, from commodities to youth and culture.
Suggested introductory reading
This is suggested reading and purchase of these texts is not mandatory.
C A Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World, (2004)
Akira Iriye, Global and Transnational History: The Past, Present, and Future, (2013)
Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence, (2000)
Marcus Rediker and Peter Linebaugh, The Many Headed Hydra, (2001)