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GLOBAL HISTORY, 15th – 20th c.


Teaching Staff: Damilakou Maria, Laiou Sophia
Course Code: ΙΑΜ101
Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Lectures
Semester: 7th
ECTS: 5

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.

Syllabus:

Part I:

Week #1: Introductory lesson in the history of Middle East, Central Asia, India and

China: A Historico-geographical approach.

Week #2: Asia in the 15th and 16th centuries. Islam and the formation of the Safavid

and Mughal empires. China of the Ming period and Japan.

Week #3: The Empires of Asia (Middle and Far East), 17th and 18th centuries.

Week #4: The economic expansion of European powers in Asia, 17th-18th centuries.

The colonization of India.

Week #5: The WWI and the end of the empires in Eurasia and Asia.

Week #6: Middle and Far East after 1914.

 

Part II:

Week #7: The Age of European overseas exploration (15th and 16th centuries)

Week #8: The Atlantic empires: The formation of European empires in the American

Continent (16th - 18th centuries).

Week #9: The first decolonization in the American continent: the American

Revolution of 1776 and the construction of the national state of USA.

Week #10: The revolutions for the independence and the national construction in

Latin America, 1810-1870.

Week #11: The American world hegemony after WWII. The new international

system.

Week #12: The “Third World”. The decolonization process in Asia and Africa.


Suggested Bibliography:

John Μ. Roberts, Παγκόσμια ιστορία, τ. Β΄, Αθήνα, Οδυσσέας, 2002. William H. McNeill, Η άνοδος της Δύσης, Αθήνα, Παρασκήνιο, 2007. 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. J. Osterhammel - N. Petersson, Ιστορία της Παγκοσμιοποίησης, Αθήνα, Αιώρα, 2013. 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, κεφ. 3-11.


Teaching Methods:

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


Evaluation Methods:

Written exam.


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