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School of History

HST6216 – History from the Margins: Minorities in Early Modern Europe

Module code: HST6216

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

Module Convenor: Dr Lisbeth Corens

Early modern society was not monolithic. Religious, ethnic, and social differences pushed some to the margins of power and influence. Our big historical narratives and consequently our courses are shaped by history's winners. Instead, this module invites students to look at early modern history through the lenses of those at the margins, such as refugees, Jews, black people, and Travellers. Thereby, we put in relief the perspectives historians take on the past, challenge straightforward national stories, and articulate the diverging experiences of past people. This course will consider moments both of discrimination as well as of interaction, and study these minorities not as victims but search for their agency.

Assessment: Blog Entry (1,000 words) [25%] and Essay (3,000 words) [75%]
Level: 6