WiSe 12/13: Colonial America in Global Perspective
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Enrollment via blackboard until October 15, 2012 required.
Additional information / Pre-requisites
auch für FMI, Modul 7
Early Modern American History was international at its creation and arguably global before it became national. It may not be written without taking into account the presence of several hundred highly ... read more
Early Modern American History was international at its creation and arguably global before it became national. It may not be written without taking into account the presence of several hundred highly organized American Indian units, colonists from all over Europe, free and predominantly enslaved people from Africa as well as the strong imperial influence of Spain, France and Great Britain.
Thus far historiography, however, follows a nineteenth century interpretation of Colonial America. This is predominantly based upon one central myth: namely, the story of English colonists, who motivated by religious ideology, entered an unchanged natural world and created a new, better version of Europe.
Employing the approach of global history we will discuss where and when we can situate Colonial America, expanding our view to include not only the French, Dutch and Spanish, alongside the British mainland colonies, but also Indian Territory, the West Indies and certainly Africa. Further we will explore the intricate relationship between colonial and imperial policies and ask whether Colonial America may be regarded as a playground for outsourcing European power politics. Ending the seminar with the War of Independence, we will also explore the creation of the 'American Nation.'
In this seminar, students will be introduced to the approach of global history and therewith connected concepts of empire, nation and (national) identity in addition to constructions of time and space. They will receive a fair understanding of the history of Colonial America up to 1775/76 in its relation to Europe and the world. Course requirements include active participation in weekly seminar, completion of weekly readings, a discussion lead and a term paper. Material will be made available on blackboard.