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War and Revolution in the Modern World

A war poster showing men marching wearing professional attire at the start of a long line gradually transitioning into all men wearing military uniforms with text that reads "Step into your place"

This course addresses trends and processes that we have come to associate with modernity: industrialization, revolution, nationalism, colonialism, migration, world war, technology, and stark imbalances of power and wealth. In particular, the course takes the view that wars and revolutions have fundamentally altered the course of global history. The course, therefore, explores the economic, social, and political consequences of modern wars, imperialism, and revolutions to assess their impact on the contemporary world. Themes and topics include the industrial revolution, slave revolutions in the Atlantic world, wars of imperialism, the World Wars, the Cold War, and the various consequences of the industrializing world and its impact on the environment and the biosphere.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6


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Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.