The Making of the International Order: Empire, Global Dynamics and the Nation-State

Politics & International Relations Taster Lecture

Speaker: Dr Sara Raimondi, Lecturer in Politics & International Relations

Date: Thursday 17 June 2021, 4:30-5:30pm

Today, we are accustomed to think of the international order made up of nation states, as the units of reference that interact with each other in setting domestic and global political agendas.

However, nation-states are neither the sole nor the longest lasting form of political organisation in history. In other words, states are nothing but a very recent invention and, for centuries, empires have dominated the international landscape and determined the distribution of power in the international arena.

This taster lecture takes you on a journey that explores the development of imperial powers since modernity, the rise and decline of European economic and political influence and how this legacy has shaped the emergent modern state in the 20th century international society.

The lecture invites you to reflect on how, far from being a pure historical concern, the study of empire is vital for an understanding of the world as we know it today.

This taster will also include an introductory overview of studying at NCH, and there will be ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors.

Here’s what previous participants have said about our Politics & International Relations Taster Lectures:

“It was a great ‘taste’ of what politics and international relations would be like at university, and the opening segment about applying to NCH was very helpful. You could tell the lecturer had a real passion for the subject, and the way he delivered the presentation was very engaging and interactive, especially the use of polls.”

“This taster lecture was probably the most stimulating I have attended. The perfect amount of depth!”

“Exceptional explanations of key concepts. Engaging, thanks to the polls and response to questions. Good balance of replying to questions in Q&A and live responses.”

“The talk was really interesting and introduced new concepts I was unaware of whilst still being accessible and not too difficult to understand. It’s really helped me understand what the subject is like and has made me even more excited for university.”

“Very interesting and intriguing stance on politics – more in depth than A-Level. A bit of an introduction to political theory, which sounds fab!”

“The taster lecture was very insightful, and has sparked a lot of interest in NCH and the Politics & IR course!”