Tutor: Tara Alberts
Module type: Period Topic
Module code: HIS00045C
Following merchants, missionaries, diplomats and adventurers as they trekked along trade routes and sailed across seas, this module will look at travel, exploration and intercultural encounter in Asia from 1400-1700. It will the examine networks of trade, diplomacy and religious exchange which linked varied communities in Asia and Europe. Students will also explore the rise and fall of Asian empires and uncover the roots of European colonialism.
Students will use a range of primary sources including travel narratives, missionary correspondence, maps and visual sources to examine how encounters and exchanges shaped intellectual and cultural developments in Europe, Asia and further afield. The module will invite students to evaluate recent historiographical approaches to European exploration, trade, empire and the construction of knowledge in the early modern period.
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