Our modern world has its foundations in the development of a complex and changing system of international behaviours, customs and rules. This course explores the global transition from a world of empires to our contemporary world of nation-states. Using a global lens, this course pays special attention to the dissolution of empire, the rise of nationalism in different cultures, and the formation of the nation-state. By emphasizing how global transformations were experienced, this course explores these themes not only at the highest levels of power, but also by examining the people living amidst such change.
This course includes written assignments, two exams, and weekly discussion-based tutorials. The written assignments are designed to introduce students to historical research and writing, while reinforcing knowledge of international relations history in a cumulative manner. Over the course of the year, students will have an opportunity to develop an independent research project that culminates in the production of an original paper.
Katie Davis is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary International History in the Department of History. Her research focuses on the relationship between public opinion, civil society, and foreign policy-making in the United States. She is particularly interested in how historians can incorporate the study of public opinion into their scholarship. Her current book project, Learning to Live with the Atom, examines the role of US public opinion in debates about the international control of atomic energy during the 1940s. Katie’s teaching interests include the history of US foreign relations, US-Latin American relations, and the history of international organizations. Katie received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2022.