Module Details

HR100-4-FY-CO: The Making Of The Modern World Since 1750

Year: 2017/18
Department: History
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: Yes
Outside Option: Yes

Supervisor: Dr Felix Schnell
Teaching Staff:
Contact details: Belinda Waterman, Department of History, 01206 872313

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This survey offers fresh perspectives on the origins of today's world of global interdependency. It examines how the ideas, cultures, and economies of different peoples intersected, and changed, through the conflicts brought on by capitalism, imperialism, war, and revolution. Topics considered will include the demise of slavery in the Atlantic world, imperialism in India and Africa, the spread of communist-inspired revolutions in China, Russia and Latin America, and the origins and consequences of the Cold War. Students will be encouraged to view these events from the internal perspective of the participants and from the standpoint of the outside world.

The primary aim of the module is to provide students with the background and preparation that will enable them to pursue more specialised courses in modern history at the university level. It will train students in some basic skills necessary to pursue a history degree, such as note-taking, essay writing, and using the library. When appropriate, the module will acquaint students with major historiographical debates. It will also familiarise students with the use of primary sources.

The purpose of this module is to provide a foundation for the study of modern history. It will present a chronological overview of key events in western history from the last two hundred years, while introducing students to particular themes regarding social, political, ideological, and cultural dimensions of the modern past. Students will be encouraged to explore the relationship between today's "modern" world, which assumes the great significance of political liberty, global interdependence, and sexuality (for example), with events and ideas that originated in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Compulsory for:
BA Modern History
BA American History
BA Modern History and International Relations
BA History and Criminology


  • John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe From the French Revolution to the Present, (Vol.2) (New York and London, 1996)
  • Eric Hobsbawm, TheAge of Revolutions, 1789-1848 (London, 1962)
  • The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1915-1991
  • (London, 1994)
  • Donald Sutherland, France, 1789-1815: Revolution and Counter-revolution, (1986)
  • Eric Wolf, Europe and the People Without History, (New York, 1982)
  • Philip D. Curtin, The Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex: Essays in Atlantic History (Cambridge, 1990)

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