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 broad 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 domestic and external factors in shaping states and state policies, the international system, and conflicts therein. The course will also address perspectives on the emergence, role, and decline of the great powers and their relations with the rest of the world. A key emphasis will be the significance of empires and colonial relationships for the contemporary world order.