Tutor: Joanna de Groot
Module type: Period Topic
Module code: HIS00010C
This module takes a familiar story about the history of the United Kingdom - the social and political changes associated with the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - and puts them in a less often discussed world setting. It considers how far very local and well-known aspects of that story (cotton mills, reform politics, cultural change, new kinds of urban life and 'class' divisions) were in fact the product of global relationships, power and resources which linked people in the UK with those in a wider world.
Taking three perspectives on the history of the period (cultural, political, material) it will look at both how people in/from the UK were affected by their contacts with people outside Europe, and how those people were affected by their contact with UK traders, soldiers,slave owners, missionaries, or rulers. We shall focus on two particular important sets of relationships - those between the UK and India (with their wider implications) and those between the UK and black slavery (with African implications).
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