Short histories of empire in South-East Asia
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HWH67
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will look at the rise of three empires in South East Asia and when, why and how countries took control of territory, the means by which they ruled the inhabitants and why, in the end, they relinquished power.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The ambitions of the Netherlands, Britain and Japan in South East Asia
- How the Netherlands, Britain and Japan established control over territory in South East Asia
- The relations between imperial powers in the region
- Events and other factors that led to the end of empires
- How the experience of empire has affected countries in the region such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Korea.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe why and how the Netherlands, Britain and Japan established empires in South East Asia.
- Discuss some of the key characteristics of their rule
- Suggest which events and developments led to the end of these empires
- Describe some of the after-effects of the experience of colonisation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the topics. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, intellectual curiosity and an open mind are more important than specific previous knowledge.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by tutor presentation with images, maps and video clips. There will be opportunities for group discussion and some tutor-guided analysis of documents. You are encouraged to look at materials for each session on Google Classroom before each class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will find a notebook (or electronic device) useful if you wish to make notes. A ring binder or other folder could be useful for storing handouts.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may choose to study another course on empire, such as our term 1 course ‘The Rise and fall of Empires 1885-1940’ or our term 2 course ‘The Rise and Fall of Empires 1940-1991.