School of History

HST6356 – An Excess of Colonialism': Empire, Race and Violence

Module code: HST6407

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

This module examines how local populations resisting colonial rule within the British and other European empires were constructed as 'uncivilized', ‘savage' and ‘fanatical’, in order to legitimize the application of various forms of suppression. The module thus provides a thematic introduction to a number of key conflicts during the period between the 1850s and the 1950s, in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, when the brutality that was very much part of the imperialist project was brought to light. This module will make use of a vast array of different types of sources, both primary material, literary accounts and visual representations, to examine how race and the construction of ‘otherness’ underpinned the use of force during a century of imperialism. Students thus gain an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own, and develop professional and informed attitudes.

Assessment: Seminar Participation [10%], Learning Log (1,000 words) [25%] and Essay (2,500 words) [65%]
Level: 6