840093 :Early Modern Age: Rise of the Leviathan
(The Early Modern Age: the Rise of the Leviathan)


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures (Geen informatie over collegetijden bekend)
Tentamenvorm: Written exam (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Enrolment via Blackboard before start lectures
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prof. dr. R.C.H. Lesaffer

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The objects of this course are for students to gain general knowledge as well as understanding about – through the study of the British example -:
  • the rise of the state and its gradual monopolization of the public space in early-modern age;
  • the rise of European empires from the 16th to 18th centuries;
  • the interaction between governmental organization, policy and societal realities;
  • the role of the state in the emergence of colonial empires and of colonial competition in the development of modern statehood.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The course covers two main themes. First, it treats the rise of the sovereign State in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. This is done by looking at the major political, military, religious, economic and sociological determinants and analysing the administrative and legal organisation of the state in its historical context.  Second, the European imperial expansion through the mediation of its state structures is discussed. As European imperialism reached its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this period is included. The process and dynamics of colonisation by different European powers is considered in a comparative way.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

For non-LAS students the number of places in this course is limited. For registration, please contact Yvette Dortu (yvette.dortu@tilburguniversity.edu) at least three weeks prior to the start of the course.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. David Scott, Leviathan. The rise of Britain as a world power, Harper Collins, 2013.
  2. Reader, Early Modern Age: Rise of the Leviathan, 2015-2016.

Vereiste voorkennis

General insight in European history

Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Humanities: European History and Culture ( 2013, 2014 )