MO5612 Global History, Globalisation and its Histories

The module is designed as an introductory module to the field of global history, its methods, approaches and recent historiographical trends. It is divided into two parts. The first part is designed as an introduction to recent trends that have contributed to the emergence of global history. Furthermore, the first part discusses several distinct fields and schools (such as the concept of World Systems by I. Wallerstein) and key narratives and texts (C. Bayly and K. Pommeranz).

The second part engages with different processes that have spurred globalisation since the early modern period – the key focus, however, is on the late-modern period from c.1750. These include processes such as migration, urbanisation, technology or disease. Selected sessions, in particular in part II, may be co-taught by two members of staff who will bring different perspectives, cases and periods to these processes.


Introduction: Global History and the History of Globalisation

I. Approaches and Key Texts
Concepts and Perspectives: New Imperial Histories, Post-Colonial Theory and Global History
World System and Globalisation: Key Interpretations
Master Narratives I: C.A. Bayly
Master Narratives II: K. Pomeranz

II. Practicing Global History: Processes, Spaces and Cases
Consumption and the Circulation of Global Goods, c.1650s-1830s
Technology and Global Connections, c.1840s-1900s
Global Migrations and Hybrid Cultures, c.1840-1950s
Global Crisis, Environment, Diseases and Intervention
The Metropolis as Hub for Global Cultures


Depending on staff availability this modules is team-taught by Sarah Easterby-Smith, Konrad Lawson, Chandrika Kaul, Bernhard Struck or Stephen Tyre.

Introductory Reading

  • Bayly, C. A. The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons (2004).
  • Berg, Maxine. “From Globalization to Global History.” History Workshop Journal 64, no. 1 (2007): 335 –340.
  • Middell, Matthias, and Katja Naumann. “Global History and the Spatial Turn: From the Impact of Area Studies to the Study of Critical Junctures of Globalization.” Journal of Global History 5, no. 01 (2010): 149–170.

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