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
When would you like to start?
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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.
Who developed the course?
The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and #207 in the world (QS rankings, 2020).
- LocationNewcastle, Australia
- World rankingTop 210Source: QS World University Rankings 2020
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