Balance of power: Asia and the West

Course Dates: 08/04/21 - 27/05/21
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Online
For centuries, Asia was the ‘powerhouse’ in world history. After a period dominated by European and American imperial powers (which never managed to colonise Asia in its entirety) global politics is once again pivoting towards Asia.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HWH42

Started Thu, eve, 08 Apr - 27 May '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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What is the course about?

For centuries, Asia was the ‘powerhouse’ in world history. After a period dominated by European and American imperial powers (which never managed to colonise Asia in its entirety) global politics is once again pivoting towards Asia. Western media, education and politics, however, often overlooks Asia as a global region, explains it through Western optics, or portray it as if the West holds no responsibility for problems in the region. Understanding the interconnected history of Asia and the West is thus vital to understanding the global changes of today and tomorrow.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Over eight sessions, this course will centre Asia, its states and peoples in global history:
- Introduction and the emergence of agrarian empires
- Medieval Asia & Early modern Asia
- Asia and the Empires of Europe, Japan and the US
- Asia in the World Wars
- Decolonisation
- The Cold War: Same old?
- After 1989: The ‘(Re)emergence of Asia’ and the ‘Decline of the West’?
- Memory politics in Asia.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Discuss Asian history
- Compare Asia and the West in historical perspective
- Analyse a number of contemporary issues in Asian politics and geopolitics
- Help you use history to think about the world of today and tomorrow.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is ‘introductory’ and does not require previous studies on the topic. However, curiosity and a willingness to discuss will help both your learning and class discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course does not require work outside class although you might find it useful to explore the media landscape alongside the classes. Typically, the classes will be a combination of teacher presentation, brief individual or team exercises, and, most importantly, group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might find a notebook or electronic device useful for notes. A folder for handouts might also be handy.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please see the City Lit website: for further courses in the contemporary history and politics section.

Martin Jorgensen

Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). Overall, his research focuses on how forms of international cooperation were new international undertakings but also reflected deeper imperial practices that lingered on long after decolonization in various ways. As a university teacher, he has taught courses on world and global history; imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as both a democratic practice of vital importance to the maintenance and continued strengthening of democracy and thus society as a whole. At City Lit, Martin combines these interests with his student-centric approach that aims to both promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and give each class and course a horizon beyond itself.

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