The Rise of the British Empire|
This lecture course explores the origins of the British Empire, beginning with Tudor conquest of Ireland and ending with Kenya's Mau Mau Rebellion in the 1950s. After the American Revolution, Britain would go on to control two fifths of the globe; the resulting empire would create as well as destroy and generate some of the fiercest debates in world history. What was the purpose of colonization? Who administered the Empire? Was the Empire always brutal? How did Britons make sense of imperial expansion? In what ways did colonized peoples accommodate or resist colonization? This course takes an episodic approach to British imperial history and introduces students to a range of methodological concerns. Students will read and discuss secondary works as well as primary sources.
This course requires students to spend considerable time evaluating and interpreting primary sources: images, objects, documents. The course also requires students to write critically and imaginatively about primary as well as secondary sources--e.g., articles and books written by modern historians.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Bernard Bailyn, THE PEOPLING OF BRITISH NORTH AMERICA
C.A. Bayly, IMPERIAL MERIDIAN
Linda Colley, CAPTIVES
David Cannadine, ORNAMENTALISM
Nicholas Dirks, THE SCANDAL OF EMPIRE
Catherine Elkins, IMPERIAL RECKONING
Niall Ferguson, EMPIRE
Cassandra Pybus, EPIC JOURNEYS OF FREEDOM
Peter Silver, OUR SAVAGE NEIGHBORS
Nicholas Thomas, COOK
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two 5-6 pp. response essays; one longer final essay; midterm and final exams.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
THIS IS A LECTURE COURSE, WITH AN ENROLLMENT LIMIT OF 40--a version of the seminar being offered in the spring of 2008; it will need a NEW NUMBER, though the course mterial will remain the same.
|Instructor(s): Swinehart,Kirk Davis Times: .M.W... 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: PAC004; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 4||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 15||FR: 10|
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