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Globalization and Empire


Admission requirements



The concept of First Global Age (1415-1776) has been broadly accepted as the first moment in history when one may speak of globalization as a historical process. This literature seminar will explore the relationship between concepts of globalization and the movement of European Expansion and the formation of Empires since the first steps of European expansion overseas until the decolonisation process many colonies underwent during the 2oth century.

Course objectives

  • Dominate a range of concepts linked to discussions about globalization in history

  • Be informed and take part in the on-going historical debate on this subject

  • Be able to establish a connection between European expansion, formation of colonies and creation of empires and the on-going development of perceptions of historical globalization


See course schedule.

Mode of instruction

Literature seminar

Assessment method

  • weekly short essays

  • oral presentation

  • book review



Reading list

Week 2: Anthony Pagden, The Lords of All the World: Ideologies of Empire in Spain, Britain and France, c. 1500-c. 1800, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

Week 3: John J. McCusker & Kenneth Morgan (eds.), The Early Modern Atlantic Economy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Week 4: Kerry Ward, Networks of empire: forced migration in the Dutch East India Company, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Week 5: D. Held a.o., Global transformations. Politics, economics and culture, Cambridge: Polity, 1999.

Week 6: A. G. Hopkins (ed.), Globalization in world history, London: Pimlico, 2002.

Week 7: Joseph Stiglitz, Making globalization work, New York: Norton, 2006.


Via uSis.

Contact information

E-mail: Dr. J.T. Lindblad


If only native speakers of Dutch participate, the course can be taught in Dutch.