European Empires: An Introduction
Duration 3 weeks
Weekly study 3 hours
Learn about European empires and Europe’s history of expansion
It’s the encounters that occurred beyond European borders that shaped Europe itself. On this course, you will explore the history of encounters Europe has had with the rest of the world.
You will become familiar with the origins and nature of European interactions with the lands and people beyond its borders. This includes investigating the discovery of a westward route to the Americas and the building of states, nations and empires.
This online course will focus on primary sources and introduce you to some of the key events, issues and themes of European history that still resonate today.
What topics will you cover?
- War, violence and invasion
- Trade, missions and empires
- Cultural encounters and exchanges
- Territorial discovery, expansion and colonisation
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Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of European history or their historical skills.
What's different about this course?
Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.
If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.
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