The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History 1800-2000

Module 22822

School of History and Cultures

This module aims to introduce you to all aspects of the late-modern world, including its social, economic, military, political, intellectual, religious and cultural history. The module will cover of the period from around 1800 with the onset of industrialisation up to the turn of the twenty-first century with the end of the Cold War and increasing concern with ‘globalisation’.

Though the focus will be weighted somewhat towards Europe (including the British Isles), the wider world will also be explored (eg empire, decolonisation, modern nationalism). You will examine the above developments through analysis of a broad range of relevant primary and secondary sources; material such as contemporary treatises, state documents, art and material culture will be given particular emphasis as a means of giving you first-hand experience of the key issues involved in the scholarly study of the late-modern period.

The module will be taught through small group teaching and lectures every week


20 credits


2,500 word essay (33%); 2 hr exam (67%)

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