HI102 | Spring | 6 ECTS

Evolution of the International System, c. 1815 to the Present

This seminar offers a broad historical survey of international relations in a post/colonial perspective, reflected both in the topics and themes addressed, and in the approach to the readings. Against a broadly sketched background of the political, economic, social, and intellectual history of the period from the end of the Napoleonic wars till virtually the present, we will explore the interplay of political, economic, ideological, and cultural influences in shaping states and state policies, the international system, and conflicts therein. A key emphasis will be the continuing significance of empires and colonial relationships for the contemporary world order.