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ATS1611: Exchange and encounter in the premodern world (Introduction to History B)

Faculty of Arts

Exchange and encounter in the premodern world (Introduction to History B)

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The modern world is founded on the concept of a rupture from the premodern past. But to what extent was this so? How does our understanding change when Europe is just one among several sites of historical interrogation? In this unit you will explore the premodern world from 1100 to 1750 on a global scale to probe how societies were shaped by forces of colonial expansion and armed conflict, intellectual and religious debate, artistic and technological exchanges, economic imperatives and environmental pressures. Focusing on zones of encounter, such as trade routes, royal courts, intellectual networks, military conflicts, pilgrimage and urban centres, we will examine how civilisations in different continents were interconnected and shaped in the centuries before the development of modern empires and states. Topics may include: trade routes of the Mediterranean, the Silk Road, and the Atlantic; religious conformity and dissidence; Crusading, conflict and colonialism; pandemics and public health; crime and punishment in comparative perspective; changes and exchanges in arts, technology and ideas.


1 - Online test - multi choice + definitions + short answer- 20% 2 - Portfolio - 500 words - 45% 3 - Essay - 1500 words- 30% 4 - Participation - 5%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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