Programme features

International relations: a historical, cultural, and political concern

Nation-states generate various perspectives on the course of history, influencing the way they enter the world’s political stage. In the master specialisation Global History and International Relations at Erasmus University Rotterdam you will investigate how and why people, regions, nations, or empires behave like they do.

Contemporary international issues such as migration, trade, cultural heritage and colonialism are therefore examined from global historical, cultural, and political perspectives. After your Master's you will be able to explain how Dutch maritime posters between 1870 and 1950 influenced the image of the colonies and their inhabitants. And you can analyse popular media texts and historical news reports and tell how the Vietnam War fuelled European anti-Americanism.

Historical Cultures

By studying the development of different global histories you learn to understand how history is often a cultural, religious, social or political narrative created to legitimize nation states, conflicts, cultural identities or world domination.

You will study the political mobilisation of history and remembrance and its cultural and social implications for both nation states and its inhabitants. You could write a thesis on the role of oral history and remembrance in Dutch and English commemorations of the abolishment of slavery. Or you could analyse missionaries’ memoires and travel diaries to study how their activities influenced our understanding of religion and society.

Methods: to the archives!

To study these phenomena, you will go to archives, museums and libraries, looking for journals, letters or novels and protest pamphlets. Based on such sources, you will learn how the public sphere has changed. Furthermore, you will learn how you can use interesting sources such as paper archives, digital databases, oral history and political documents for your own research.

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