Module Details

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Title CENTRAL ASIA FROM KHANS TO STANS
Code HIST298
Coordinator Dr B Penati
History
Beatrice.Penati@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2018-19 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To explore the history of Central Asia and connect it with themes encountered in global and European history (e.g. fiscal-military States, settler colonialism, technocracy).

 
To reflect on the modes of political organisation, legitimisation, and group solidarity of non-European societies (esp. Islamic, nomadic).
 
To contextualise and critique concepts such as “nationalism”, “modernity”, “development”, etc. by looking at them through the lens of Central Asian history.

Learning Outcomes

An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians      

An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.      

To appreciate the variety and specific challenges posed by sources available for writing the history of Central Asian societies, including nomadic ones.


Syllabus

This module introduces students to the history of Islamic Central Asia from the establishment of the Uzbek khanates in the early XVI c. to the fall of the USSR. The eleven one-hour lectures will be organised chronologically, but will follow the following three thematic ‘red threads’: first, changes in political organisation, the circulation of elites, and legitimisation strategies; second, the interplay of internal and external factors in the shaping of collective identities; third, patterns in resource extraction and landscape history.

The seminar programme (five 2-hour seminars) will tackle questions related to these three themes in the specific historical phase under study (the Uzbek khanates, the encroachment of th e Russian and Qing empires on the nomads, colonialism in Turkestan and the Steppe, the crisis of colonial rule and early Soviet decolonisation, and the integration of Central Asian societies in the USSR). During the seminars, students will discuss the questions at hand in pairs, in small groups, and as a seminar group as a whole. They will be asked to familiarise themselves with the extant scholarship and with a variety of primary sources (from Islamic hagiography to Soviet documentary films). Students’ presentations will be distributed throughout all the five seminars.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture - Eleven 1-hour lectures. The lectures provide a framework for the module, introduce the main themes, concepts and historical debates, and provide the context for the in-depth discussions in the seminars.

Seminar - Five 2-hour seminars. These focus on detailed group analysis of key aspects of the module, and hear and discuss assessed presentations by the students.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11
Eleven 1-hour lectures. The lectures provide a framework for the module, introduce the main themes, concepts and historical debates, and provide the context for the in-depth discussions in the seminars.
10
Five 2-hour seminars. These focus on detailed group analysis of key aspects of the module, and hear and discuss assessed presentations by the students.
        21
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 129
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Unseen Written Exam  2 hours  Semester 2  85  Yes    Exam Notes (applying to all assessments) Presentation date will be confirmed in the module handbook and on VITAL. Where required, reassessment will take the form of the original assessment. 
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Practical Assessment  5 minutes  Semester 2  15  Yes    Presentation  

Recommended Texts

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