Empires, Migrations, Frontiers

History 101.007

Spring 2016
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 200-400

The most interesting questions posed by global historians do not necessarily address the world as a whole, but instead focus on the intersection of global processes and their local manifestations. This writing seminar is for students who wish to think about history across national borders as well as those interested in studying globalization’s impact in specific contexts. We will begin the semester with a few readings on the history of empires and migrations. Meeting regularly at first, then one-on-one, we will discuss approaches to these important historical topics and strategies for your own writing. Although our readings will concentrate on global history in the 19th and 20th century, this seminar is appropriate for students working on any aspect of empires, migrations or frontiers in any century.

Course Books

The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century by Osterhammel, Jürgen Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691147451 Required
Among Empires: American Ascendancy and its Predecessors by Charles Maier Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674025561 Required