Migrations of History

Ref: C2347069

Since the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West under the strain of the "Barbarian Invasions", there has been a series of invasions into and out of Europe; sometimes they have been related to official action and often, as in modern times, the result of a large number of individual decisions. The course will cover the effect of the Barbarian Invasions on Western Europe; tmovements from Europe to the Americas; mass movements of the nineteenth century; and the attraction of Europe for the sub-Saharan world.

Course aim

The course will look at the way mass migrations and individual waves of migration have impacted on the Modern World. The course will be predominantly lecture-presentation with opportunities of questions and discussions.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • No other skills or experience required.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • assess the impact upon western European society of fifteen centuries of population movements
  • discuss the emergence of new societies overseas based upon a migrant population
  • comment on the part being played in the modern world by contemporary mass migrations
  • compare the ways in which such colonies have fared in the modern world
  • particpate in group discussion and debate

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?


Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Migrations of History


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