Welcome to the online home of MO3351, “Doing and Practicing Transnational and Global History in the Late Modern World” offered by the School of History at the University of St Andrews.

Over the past ten years transnational and global history have emerged as some of the most vibrant fields in late modern history. With their interest in cross-border activities, with their focus on the flow and interconnection of ideas and goods and their transformation between different cultural and national contexts, with their emphasis on people on the move who create nodes between cultures, both transnational and global history very much reflect the world we live in.

The team-taught module provides an entry point to the field of transnational history, its approaches and tools. It is deliberately designed to be open and flexible as it seeks to allow students to take ownership of the content and the cases to be studied. Following an introduction to the field along a series of text based seminars, the module is mainly designed around a number of workshops and training sessions that will equip students with the skills to analyse, map and visualise transnational histories – that is “doing” and “practicing”.

While we are passionate about content on European history, Asian history, transnational and images-1global history, we are equally passionate about habits and routines. Check out and follow #THRaSH – and comment and add. We try to create a module that is not about Knowledge Consumption – but about Knowledge Production. It is built around key aspects of today’s work life and a number of transferable skills: a strong sense of sharing, exchanging, collaborating and presenting in informal and more formal settings. The course is deliberately designed to be open and flexible allowing students (or rather collaborators as we see it) to take ownership of the content and the cases to be studied.

This website will be the open and public facing element of our module, though some pages and posts may be password protected when appropriate.

Course Structure

  1. Introduction: Transnational and Global History
  2. Definitions and Approaches
  3. Reading key texts
  4. Between microhistory and global history
  5. NO REGULAR CLASS on Tuesday BUT UNCONFERENCE (Saturday 5 March 2022, week 6)
  6. Presentation of Project Proposals (individual or group)
  7. Skills workshop Working with Transnational Sources: The case of Esperanto
  8. Postcolonial Approaches and Global Intellectual History
  9. New Fields – Global Histories of the non-human
  10. Work on Essays & Projects (Surgery Hours)
  11. Conference: Individual and Group Presentations

Course Hand Book for 2022 can be accessed here.

The module is co-taught by Bernhard Struck and Milinda Banerjee.