The Department of International History will be introducing the following new courses in 2022/23. They are available for selection starting in September 2022.
HY4B1 The Vietnam Wars, 1930-75: Regional and International Perspectives
Professor Matthew Jones
The purpose of this course is to place the wars in Vietnam in a fuller regional and international perspective in order to understand their course, outcomes and consequences. Hence, this will involve not just studying the internal dynamic of conflict within Vietnam, as first French colonialism was met with nationalist and Communist resistance, and then from c. 1958/9 when insurgency in the southern part of Vietnam eventually triggered wholesale US intervention, but the involvement and interests of other major powers, including the Soviet Union and China.
HY4B4 - Half Unit in Lent Term - Maritime Asia in Transition, 1405-1839
Dr Ronald C. Po
The subject of this course is the history of maritime Asia, particularly East and Southeast Asia, from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. If there is something we could refer to as a transition, would it be one related to a shift from being a not-so-maritime Asia to a relatively more-maritime Asia, or vice versa? Are there any fundamental differences between the conception of a maritime Asia and of a maritime Europe? These questions sound teleological in that the people of the time would hardly have made these enquiries. In the present century, however, it is imperative that we ask these questions in order to better situate Asia, especially during the early modern era, within a broader global context.
HY4B5 - Half Unit in Lent Term - Queer Early Modernities
Dr Nailya Shamgunova
This module introduces Masters students to the meanings of queerness in the early modern period. They will meet lesbian nuns, gender nonconforming soldiers, samurai besotted with their male beloveds, powerful eunuchs, and famous castratti. They will learn how different cultures understood gender and sexuality, and what happened when those cultures encountered each other. The course engages with a wide range of textual and visual sources, including autobiographies, illustrated satirical pamphlets, sermons, conduct books, legal and medical texts, illustrated poetry volumes and objects relevant to gender and sexuality.
HY487 - Half Unit in Lent Term - Islam, State and Conflict in Southeast Asia
Dr Kirsten E. Schulze
This course looks at the role of Islam in conflicts Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar in the twentieth century. It starts with a historical introduction on the Islamisation of Southeast Asia and the entry of the European colonial powers. Each country case study also includes a brief analysis of the relationship between Islam and the colonial state before moving into a broader discussion of the interplay of the interplay of Islam and nationalism in the Muslim-majority states of Indonesia and Malaysia as well as the Muslim-minority states of the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar.