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War and Revolution in the Modern World

Black and white image an underwater explosion during Nuclear Testing at Bikini Atoll, 1946
Baker nuclear explosion during Operation Crossroads nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll, 1946

How should we understand the roots of contemporary global crises, including climate change, racial injustice, and economic inequality? This question is at the core of “War and Revolution in the Modern World,” a course in global history from the 19th century to the present. To explore how the modern world was made, we will trace histories of conflict, capitalism, colonialism, social movements, the oil economy, modern agriculture, migration, and public health. You will learn different approaches to global history, engage in debates on how to tell it, and explore how our narratives change when we focus on peoples and places that have been marginalized in conventional accounts.


Department of History, Queen's University

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




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