New courses



The Department of International History will be introducing the following new courses in 2021/22. They are available for selection starting in September 2021.

Undergraduate courses

Anna Cant

HY334 - Communication Revolutions in Latin America, c.1539 to the Present

Dr Anna Cant

From the invention of the printing press to the explosion of social media, how and with whom we communicate has had powerful consequences throughout history. This course examines the idea of the communication revolution from two perspectives. First, how have changes in communications technology altered the speed and nature of communication between individuals and societies? Second, how have individuals and groups used mass communication to both push for and resist revolutionary change?

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HY335 - History of Foreign Relations of the People’s Republic of China, 1949-2008

Dr Qingfei Yin

China’s reemergence as a global player raises important questions about the origins of the country’s foreign policy and the impact of its international strategy on the Asia-Pacific region and the world. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of foreign relations of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from 1949 to the early 21st century. In particular, students will assess competing explanations, such as historical experience, domestic politics, and the international system, for key events and policies.

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Postgraduate courses


HY4A5 - Women as Weapons: The Conservative Political Tradition in the Cold War

Dr Victoria Phillips

Cold War ideological campaigns for the “hearts and minds” abutted “hot war” confrontations between 1945 and 1991, and conservative women engaged with both. This course has four purposes: (i) to examine the role of women first in the United States, and then internationally, as a reflection and enactment of Cold War conservative politics; (ii) to provide an understanding of cultural forces in building conservative ideas and its shifting ideologies surrounding motherhood, family, the kitchen, race, the workplace; (iii) to understand the traditional Cold War historiography of conservative women’s groups; (iv) reframe an understanding of women and gender with an examination of global conservatives, and unrecognized, influential “Big Women” in history be it the wives of diplomats, diplomats themselves, or cultural actors in the church, foundations, or Hollywood.

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HY4A6 - Technocracy, Social Engineering and Politics in the Era of the World Wars, 1914-1945

Visiting Professor Alexander Nützenadel

This course explores the relation of technocracy, social engineering and politics in the period of the two world wars. Industrial warfare, social conflicts and economic instability led to scientists and technical experts gaining a strong political influence. The emergence of technocracy, however, meant more than finding ‘technical’ solutions to social and economic problems. It was linked to the fundamental crisis of parliamentary democracy and the appearance of authoritarian movements. Both fascist and socialist regimes adopted technocratic concepts in order to improve economic efficiency and to control social conflicts. However, during the Great Depression, technocratic movements also gained ground in democratic societies, in particular in the United States during the ‘New Deal’.

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HY4A7 - Islam, Power and Culture in Mughal India

Dr Zahra Shah

From 1526 to 1857, the Mughal empire was a powerful political and cultural presence in India, whose image has been shaped and deployed in diverse ways by colonial and nationalist projects in modern times. Through a focus on themes of sovereignty and space, and the cultural and political brokerage of power, this course situates understandings of Islam in South Asia in historical context. Each week, students will choose a primary source to interpret alongside secondary literature, in order to better understand the complexity of the South Asian experience of Mughal rule.

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HY4A8 - Asian Borderlands

Dr Qingfei Yin

This seminar takes a borderland perspective to Modern Asian History, challenging the practice of treating national territories as the building blocks of academic enquiry. Through a wide range of readings, the participants examine the transformation of modern Asia by centring on the historically marginal societies and come to better understand a borderlands approach to the studies of history.

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HY4A9 - China and the United States Since 1949

Dr Elizabeth Ingleson

Trade wars. The end of engagement. Racial violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. A new Cold War? This course addresses some of the major questions and issues facing the United States and China today through a deep historical analysis of their shared past. It explores the decisions of a range of people in both countries—including policymakers, immigrants, businesspeople, and workers—as they navigated and helped shape the bilateral relationship since 1949.

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