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KNOW 23002: How to Build a Global Empire

  • Course Level: Undergraduate
  • Department: Classical Studies, History, Latin American Studies
  • Year: 2017-18
  • Term: Spring
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:50pm
  • HIST 26128, CLCV 22917, LACS 26128, KNOW 23002
  • Stuart M. McManus

Empire is arguably the oldest, most durable and most diffused form of governance in human history that reached its zenith with the global empires of Spain, Portugal and Britain.  But how do you build a global empire?  What political, social, economic and cultural factors contribute to their formation and longevity?  What effects do they have on the colonizer and the colonized?  What is the difference between a state, an empire and a “global” empire?  We will consider these questions and more in case studies that will treat the global empires of Rome, Portugal and Britain, concluding with a discussion of the modern resonances of this first “Age of Empires.”