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    A global history of decolonisation in the twentieth century. The paper focusses on questions of agency, power and violence in historical perspective.

    This paper fosters a critical understanding of the complex and often violent process of decolonization and the making of independent nation-states in the twentieth century, drawing on case studies from key regions around the globe as well as contextualising these examples in broader developments.

    About this paper

    Paper title Empires Strike Back: A Global History of Decolonization
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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    18 200-level points
    HIST 247
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Associate Professor Miranda Johnson -

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Miranda Johnson


    There is no textbook for this course.

    Course outline

    Available via Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this paper, students will have:

    • A broad understanding of processes of global decolonization in the twentieth century
    • A critical awareness of key scholarly debates about decolonization, anticolonialism, and the making of new states
    • A refined capacity to engage with contemporary debates relating to the legacies of empire and postcolonial challenges by drawing on historical examples and conceptual definitions of decolonization


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
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