This course is an interdisciplinary introduction into the practice of transnational and global history, helping to go beyond the Euro-centric understanding of human culture and society. It also offers a historical overview of the evolution of comparative and transnational historical gaze, from the classic texts of the interwar period up to the beginning of the 21st century. It analyses a number of nodal points such as transfers, colonialism, globalization, as well as global economic and political structures and institutions in the past and the present. It also engages with special research fields emerging recently, such as the one on “global socialism” and non-European debates on globalization.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Analyse the political implications of different transnational and global historical interpretative frameworks
- Understand research terminology and develop a familiarity with various conceptual frameworks relevant for global history
- Analyse social and political phenomena from a transnational and global perspective
- Link the historical discussions to other disciplinary contexts (such as sociology, anthropology, political science or gender studies) and see their mutual entanglement
- Read, interpret, and critically evaluate comparative, transnational and global historical literature
Students will be expected to participate actively in the class discussions and present a case study - first in class and the end of the term in the form of a term paper - on a topic chosen by them and agreed upon by the instructor related to the class topics. It can be both the analysis of primary sources (for example, travel descriptions), or a comparison of phenomena coming from different geographical contexts).