Roots of Imperialism

Examinations of imperialism are often limited to a focus on how European states have and continue to impose their political and commercial powers on other parts of the world. As part of examining the historical and ideological roots of imperialism this course offers a nuanced exploration of the interactions which took place in a variety of colonial settings. Drawing upon colonial and post-colonial studies, we will consider how Indigenous peoples and anti-imperial social movements have challenged acts of genocide and other expressions of colonialism. This course traces the development of European colonies from the late 17th century and concludes with an examination of the interplay between globalization and contemporary forms of imperialism.