HIST230 - GOVERNING THE WORLD: HIST OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 1870S-PRESENT

Description: 
Since at least the nineteenth century, people have thought about the problem of governing the world at the global and international level, through institutions and organizations that reach beyond the power of nation-states alone. The United Nations and contemporary Human Rights politics or the concept of ‘responsibility to protect’ for instance, are only the latest iterations in such efforts. We will explore how historical actors in Europe, the United States, and beyond, have envisioned something like a global society and the possibilities for governing it. We will also ask about the viability of such schemes and the persistence of national and nationalist forms of power and identity even in today’s globalizing world. Assignments will consist of weekly readings, several smaller projects in which we will use so-called Digital Humanities tools for mapping, annotating, and illustrating historical topics, as well as a final project on a topic of your choice. The final project can either be a traditional essay (written as a paper based on a smaller bibliography of existing literature) or a digital humanities project, should you have come to like tinkering with mapping and other digital tools.
Instructors: 
OGLE, VANESSA
Day and Time: 
T 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 

DAVID RITTENHOUSE LAB 3C4

Activity: 
SEM
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