Colonies and Empires

Course code HIST3333
Not available in 2015

Description

This course provides an introduction to the history of colonies and empires from 1776 to 1950. It covers the rise and fall of the British Empire -- the greatest empire the world has known -- from the loss of the American colonies to decolonization in the twentieth century. It will interrogate ideas of imperialism and colonialism, explore the subjection and resistance of indigenous and colonised people under empire, and assess the enduring legacy of the imperial idea in post-colonial societies across the globe.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge of the major events in British imperial history from 1776 - 1950

2. An understanding of key debates and different perspectives that have been applied to understanding imperialism and colonialism

3. Capacity to conduct research independently

4. Capacity to express clear and informed arguments, either orally or in writing, on the history of imperialism and colonialism

5. Skills in trans-national history.

Content

The course will be taught in a modular format will cover some of the following topics:

  • What is an empire?/colony?;
  • the rise and fall of empires from Babylon to Bush;
  • first and second British empires;
  • exploration, science and imperial adventures;
  • the British Empire and its colonies in the 19th century (case studies may cover India, Ireland, West Indies, British North America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand);
  • crises of empire (case studies may include anti-slavery campaign; Maori wars; Indian Uprising; Boer War) Colonialism, colonisation and resistance;
  • Indigenous people;
  • Missions and missionaries;
  • Networks of empire;
  • Gender and empire;
  • the Tasman world;
  • the end of empire;
  • post-colonial states.

Assumed Knowledge

A general knowledge of history will be assumed equivalent to that acquired in two ten-unit courses of history. No previous study of imperial history will be assumed.

Assessment Items

Essay: Minor essay

Essay: Major essay

Quiz: 6 x fortnightly quizzes on tutorial readings

In Term Test: Examination: Class

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in Week 2.