A Global History of Empire

Ref: C3533353

Empires have been with us, for good or ill, for nearly 5000 years; this course will explore their nature and impact. We’ll cover a vast expanse of time and space, from the Classical Empires in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and China, to the Mongol Empire which dwarfed them all. We’ll travel from the Empires of Africa and the Americas to the emergence and global dominance of European powers, discovering the different ways Empires rose, functioned and fell. Finally, we’ll examine the legacy of Empire in our own times.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction and overview of the diversity of empires in global history. We will be describing and exploring a range of empires in Asia, the Americas, Africa and Europe from the third millennium BC to the present.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Where was the first Empire and who founded it?
  • Who established the largest ever contiguous land Empire?
  • What was the basis of the wealth of the Empire of Mali?
  • Summarise the primary reasons for the rise of European countries to global dominance after 1500
  • Describe two legacies of Empire that significantly impact the world today

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Bring a pen and paper if you wish to take notes

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

A Global History of Empire

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