- Department: History
- Module co-ordinator: Prof. Sanjoy Bhattacharya
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: C
- Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
This module will examine the important subject of decolonisation, which reshaped political maps from 1945 onwards. These processes also forged a new era of international relations, which was powerfully represented by the redefinition of the governance of multi-country health and development projects. The seminars will adopt a consciously non- Euro and US-centric perspective, which will allow students to study the many actors, voices, ideas and pressures that strengthened anti-colonial nationalisms, internationalist movements and new, territorial nationalisms. The module will provide a decolonised and cutting-edge study of the many drivers of the end of European empires after the Second World War, especially the roles played by actors from newly freed territories within international bodies like the United Nations (and its specialist agencies). Seminars will draw on examples from around the world, giving students the opportunity to develop expertise on particular countries or, if they prefer, take a wider international, multi-sited approach to understanding the making of a new world order.
Different concepts of post-war anti-colonialism, internationalism and non-alignment will be problematized throughout the seminars, so that students can critically consider the many components, meanings and effects of these political projects. The seminars will explain how cooperation and competition between newly independent countries created international spaces that excluded western European imperial powers. In this way, the module will draw out the roles played by a number of little known (but, not unimportant) political organisations, cultural movements and faith-based associations in promoting new medical, scientific and developmental exchanges. The study of such joint diplomatic action, and its roles in forcing changes within United Nations governance at different administrative levels, is a relatively unexplored field of historical enquiry. This module will encourage discussions about the new research approaches that made such work possible, explain assumptions and subjectivities in older historiography, describe the many kinds and sources of research materials, and help students develop original topics for study.
|A||Autumn Term 2019-20|
The aims of this module are:
Students who complete this module successfully will:
Teaching will be in weekly 2-hour seminars taught over eight weeks. Each week students will do reading and preparation in order to be able to contribute to discussion.
The provisional outline for the module is as follows:
Concepts of planned exit, disorderly retreat and much more
World War 2 - The trigger for decolonisation?
United Nations, anti-imperialism and decolonisation
The Cold War: Manifestations and variations
Allies at war: Strategic aftershocks post-World War 2
The many guises of non-alignment
New nationalisms and the remaking of empires
The hidden voices of imperialism, internationalism and decolonisation
|Task||Length||% of module mark|
2000 word essay
During the autumn term students will be tasked with finding and researching their own primary source or sources in pairs or small groups, on which they will give a group presentation for formative assessment in one or more sessions during weeks 4-7.
Students will then submit 2,000-word assessed essay for summative assessment in week 10.
|Task||Length||% of module mark|
2000 word essay
The formative assessment is a group presentation and verbal feedback will be provided by the tutor in class followed by a written summary to each student within 10 working days. For more information, see the Statement on Feedback.
For the summative assessment task, students will receive their provisional mark and written feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline. The tutor will then be available during student hours for follow-up guidance if required. For more information, see the Statement of Assessment.
For term time reading, please refer to the module VLE site. Should you wish to do any preliminary reading, you could look at the following:
Dora Vargha, Polio Across the Iron Curtain: Hungary’s Cold War with an Epidemic, Cambridge University Press, 2018 (open access book here).
Paul Wenzel Geissler (ed.), Para-States and Medical Science: Making African Global Health, Duke University Press, 2015 (open access chapters here).
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