Colonial and Global History

During your MA History specialisation in Colonial and Global History at Leiden University you will explore how worldwide political, economic, cultural and religious contacts shaped processes that led to the development of regional identities and the formation of states – all in a highly stimulating and international academic environment. This programme offers the most in-depth and complete studies on the history of European expansion and globalisation currently available in Europe.

Choose Colonial and Global History at Leiden University:

  • Gain an understanding of the importance of a comparative perspective for understanding transnational processes such as imperialism, colonialism, islamisation, modernisation and globalisation.
  • Learn through intensive practical and in-depth training how to examine and analyse primary sources with the help of Leiden University’s world-class academics.
  • Join an international cohort of students who have chosen Leiden University and the Colonial and Global History Research programme on the basis of the department’s internationally acclaimed research and its Cosmopolis scholarship programme.
  • Access unique documentation centres and libraries specialising in Asia and Africa within easy reach of Leiden University – at the National Archives and the Royal Library in The Hague.

You can also focus on Maritime History. (Note that this option is only available to students starting in September.) Leiden University is the only university within the Netherlands with its own chair in Maritime History. Or you can create a combination of topics that include those from the specialisation Archival Studies.

Check out the programme in Colonial and Global History

Master details

  • Dit is een afstudeerrichting van: History
  • Graad Master of Arts in History
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 1 year
  • Start September, February
  • Taal English
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 66034

Prof.dr. Judith Pollmann

Prof.dr. Judith Pollmann

“For me, one of the most fascinating questions in history is how people have contended with change. I believe our own fast-changing societies can learn from that.”

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