History Department - Courses

GLOBAL HISTORY, 15th – 20th c.

Teaching Staff: To be announced
Course Code: ΙΑΜ101
Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: In the classroom
Semester: 7

Short Description:

Co-lecturers:  Maria Damilakou and Sophia Laiou

The course addresses major themes and issues within Global History from the 15th century up to 1970s. It starts from the European expansion to the other continents that until then had followed their own path of development. With the help of tools of historical geography we explore important subjects such as: the formation of the European empires in America, Asia and Africa; the political and economic transformations in Asia (Eurasia, Middle and Far East) from the 15th to the 19th century; the decolonization and  the formation of national states in the American Continent from mid 18th to mid 19th century; the decline and dissolution of Empires after the two World Wars; the American world hegemony after WWII; the construction of the concept of “Third World”; the decolonization process in Asia and Africa in the period 1940-1970.

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will have:

  1. Acquired basic knowledge about the most important events, periods and transformations in modern and contemporary global history.
  2. Understood the global interconnectedness of major historical processes.
  3. Developed the ability to make connections between historical time and place.
  4. Got familiar with the study and analysis of historical maps.


Week #1: Introductory lesson. A Historico-geographical approach of the different continents. The 15th century and the concept of Modernity.

Week #2: Eurasia and Asia in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Week #3: The Age of European overseas exploration (15th and 16th centuries)

Week #4: The formation of European empires in the American continent (16th – 18th centuries).

Week #5: The Empires of Asia (Eurasia, Middle and Far East), 17th and 18th centuries.

Week #6: The economic expansion of European powers to the Far East, 17th-18th centuries. East India companies. The English – Dutch competition in Asia.

Week #7: Decolonization and  the formation of national states in the American Continent (North, Central and South America) from mid 18th to mid 19th century.

Week #8: The decline and dissolution of the Ottoman and Russian Empire after WWI. The new political map in the Middle East.

Week #9: The American world hegemony after WWII. The new international institutions. The bipolar world.

Week #10: The “Development doctrine” and the concept of “Third World”.

Week #11: Asia after WWII: Indian independence, the foundation of Peoples’ Republic of China and the first Indochina War.

Week #12: The “Third World”: Decolonization movements in Africa. Latin America revolutions. The Vietnam War. The Non-Aligned movement.

Week #13: The decolonization process in the African continent (1960s and 1970s).

Suggested Bibliography:

John Μ. Roberts, Παγκόσμια ιστορία, Vol. Β΄, Αθήνα, Οδυσσέας, 2002. Richard Overy (επιμ.), Άτλας της παγκόσμιας ιστορίας, Η Καθημερινή, 2007. Λάμπρος Α. Φλιτούρης, Αποικιακές αυτοκρατορίες. Η εξάπλωση της Ευρώπης στο κόσμο, 16ος-20ός αι., Αθήνα, Ασίνη, 2015. Fernand Braudel, Η γραμματική των πολιτισμών, Αθήνα, ΜΙΕΤ, 2002. Geoffrey Blainey, Συνοπτική ιστορία του κόσμου, Αθήνα, Φυτράκη, 2004. Εric Hobsbawm, H εποχή των αυτοκρατοριών 1875-1914, ΜΙΕΤ, 2012. Anthony Pagden, Λαοί και αυτοκρατορίες. Οι ευρωπαίοι και ο υπόλοιπος κόσμος από την αρχαιότητα ως σήμερα, Αθήνα, Πατάκη, 2008, chapters 3-11.

Teaching Methods:

Lectures accompanied by historical maps and photographic material. Class discussion.

Evaluation Methods:

Written exam.

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