Fall 2015 - HIST 265 D100

Global History from the Revolutionary Age to the Present (3)

Class Number: 5927

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: TBA, TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2015
    Mon, 11:59–11:59 p.m.



An introduction to Global History, beginning in the 1780s and ending in the present day. Key topics include the first Age of Revolution (US, Haiti, Latin America), the post-colonial experience, and the modern world economy. Students with credit for IS 265 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


This course explores the histories and legacies of Global Empires from the eighteenth century to the present day. We investigate the interconnected history of Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia through relationships forged in the circulation of people, ideas and commodities between the imperial metropole and its vast colonial world, along with the simultaneous emergence of post-colonial societies, first in the Americas, and later in Africa and Asia. In the first half of the course we will study both how Europeans established, expanded and strengthened their imperial presence in such diverse parts of the world even as the Americas fought for and won their independence. In the second part we will explore how metropolitan societies were in turn shaped by their colonial experiences. Finally, we will consider the legacies of Empire since the final era of decolonisation, the Cold War, and the rise of a new global system. In exploring global history we also look at various interesting exchanges such as those in politics, law, religion, arts, sciences, trade, fashion and consumption habits. The course thus follows the movement of people, knowledge and goods between four continents during more than two centuries of dramatic global change.

Please Note: This is a flexible learning course. Professor Windel will teach tutorials each week, but in place of lectures students will listen to a series of podcasts, watch some videos, and complete a number of assignments on Canvas. This means that students will be required to be in class only one hour per week. Should you have any questions about the format of this course, please contact Professor Windel at awindel@sfu.ca


  • Class Participation 10%
  • Weekly Postings 15%
  • Two Response Papers 40%
  • Two Peer Reviews 10%
  • Final Exam 25%


HIST 265 is cross-listed with IS 265 and you may take this course under the HIST designation or the IS designation



Jürgen Osterhammel, Globalization: A Short History, Princeton, 2009.

All other readings will be available on Canvas.

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