History taster: From one empire to another?
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HMI09
Available start dates
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
For a period, the British Empire was unrivalled in terms of global influence. Assuming this role in 1945, the United States has dominated global politics and economics to this day. Join us for a lecture and discussion on how to make sense of the British and American ways of seeking global dominance and the ways in which people have resisted as we see the (re-)emergence of China, India and Russia in global politics and economics.
What will we cover?
As an introduction to history where colonial, imperial and global history meet (politics), this course will explore: 1) the imperial worldmaking of the British Empire, 2) the (imperial?) worldmaking of the United States and 3) the (imperial?) worldmaking of China, Russia and India.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- build a framework to connect the historical shift from agrarian empires to colonial and imperial powers and the more recent changes in global politics
- further develop your understanding of current affairs by way of history.
- strengthen your understanding of what studying world history is, and excite you to learn more.
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 session will be a combination of teacher presentation and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you might find a notebook or electronic device useful for notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Explore our range of history courses in our online prospectus. Alternatively, you can speak to your tutor about possible courses across our history subject areas.
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 learner-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.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.