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The Modern Mediterranean: From Colonial Sea to Environmental Crisis?


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The scale of contemporary population displacement has made the Mediterranean into a contentious region that reveals a complex set of historical dynamics. Questioning the ‘crisis’ of migration and refuge has led scholars to ponder whether we are witnessing a truly ‘European crisis’. How can we understand the geopolitical and social relevance of the Mediterranean within European historical trajectories connecting east and west, and north and south?

Our Modern Mediterranean: From Colonial Sea to Environmental Crisis? short course gives you the opportunity to examine this and related questions through the field of modern Mediterranean studies. We will seek to understand - through a combination of intellectual and socio-political histories - how historians and anthropologists have conceptualised the sea and its constitutive processes.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • Braudel’s Sea
  • Anthropology’s Mediterranean
  • Micro-regions and Global Connectivity
  • Legal Regimes in Late Nineteenth-century Mediterranean
  • Colonial Seas and the Imperial Mediterranean
  • Nationalist Mediterraneans
  • Decolonising the Sea
  • Mediterranean Post-wars and the Emergence of the Cold War
  • A New Mediterranean Region?
  • Migration and Refuge: The Doorsteps of Europe

Assessment is via a 5000-word essay (100%).

30 credits at level 7

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    This short course has no prerequisites.

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