MSc Global History


Intellectual objectives

The programme was developed in response to the maturation of global history as a field, the contribution of economic history to the development of that field, and the increasing involvement of members of the department in this area. Major themes of interest include modern globalization, past globalizations and the consequences of the global integration of commodity and factor markets upon states, societies and cultures in many regions. A wide-ranging academic programme, the MSc combines approaches from history, economics, and international studies with the study of globalization processes in the past and the present.

Teaching and Learning

The MSc comprises compulsory courses that introduce major debates and key analytical tools, as well as provide a general grounding in major processes in global history over the last millennium. In addition, optional courses address the economic history of specific parts of the world such as Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America, with a strong focus on comparative studies. The courses seek to explain, among other stylized facts, the origins of international economic inequality in the modern world, and the historical roots of poverty, inequality, instability, violence, and economic growth.

Student Profile

The programme is aimed at students with a first degree in social sciences and humanities, and with an interest in issues of globalization. Minimum entry requirements are a BA degree (or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution), sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the chosen field, and excellent written and oral command of English. The programme is relevant for students considering a wide range of career options, especially those fields involving cross-cultural or international contact. It provides a strong foundation for students seeking to continue research in global and comparative history.

MSc Global History

Full-year programme. Students must take compulsory courses to the value of 2.5 units, and either optional courses to the value of one unit and a half-unit dissertation, or optional courses to the value of 0.5 units and a full unit dissertation.

Paper 1  EH481| Economic Change in Global History: Approaches and Analysis

Paper 2&3 Two of the following:

EH482| Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West compared, c1000-1800
EH483| The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries
HY423| Empire, Colonialism and Globalization    

Paper 4 Either

EH479|  Dissertation: Global History (H) and courses to the value of one full unit from the following (if not already taken under paper 2)    

Or  EH480|  Dissertation: MSc Global History and courses to the value of 0.5 units from the following (if not already taken under paper 2):  

EH402| Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Economic History (H) 
EH404| India and the World Economy (H)
EH408| International Migration, 1500-2000: from slavery to asylum (H) (n/a  2014/15)
| Chinese Economy in Transition: 1850-1950
EH412| Research Topics in Economic History A (H) (n/a 14/15) 
EH413| African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (H)  
EH419| Research Topics in Economic History B (H) (n/a 14/15)
EH422| Topics in Quantitative Economic History 
EH423| Japan and Korea as Developing Economics (H)
EH424  | The British Economy in Global Perspective, 1000-2000 (H) 
EH426| Quantitative Topics in Economic History I: Cross-section and Panel Data (H)**  
EH427| Quantitative Topics in Economic History II: Time Series and Economic Dynamics (H)** 
EH428| History of Economics: Making Political Economy into a Social Science (H) (n/a 14/15) 
EH429| History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity (H)  
EH446| Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia  (n/a 14/15)
EH447| Great Depressions in Economic History (H) (n/a 14/15)  
EH451|  Latin American Development: Political economy of growth (H) (n/a 14/15)
EH452| Latin American Development and Economic History (H) 
EH463 |The Long-Run Analysis of Firms and Industries (H)  
EH464| The Historical Context of Business (H)
EH466| Labour and Work in Preindustrial Europe (H) (n/a 14/15)
EH467| Epidemics: Epidemic disease in history, 1348-2000 (H) (n/a 14/15)
EH476| The Economic History of War   
EH482| Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West compared, c1000-1800
EH483| The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries
EH486| Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters, c1600-1860 (H) 
EH487| International Economic Institutions since World War I (H)

** These courses cannot be combined with EH422