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Globalizing Britain: Diaspora, Empire, and Home

HIST 269
Spring 2008
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 294
Certificates: International Relations

This course will explore the history of Britain as a world story, inseparable from the wider story of Britain's changing role as a global power. We will explore how Empire and diaspora shaped British society and culture "at home" as well as British settlement and imperialism overseas. The course will consider how meanings of Britishness have changed since the eighteenth century as they have been challenged and contested by so-called 'marginal' groups. Particular attention will be paid to the role of empire, decolonization and immigration, Americanization, sub-national and regional differences, as well as to the politics of class, gender, sexuality, "race," sports and youth culture. In addressing the historical composition of Englishness in this way our discussions will challenge many common perceptions of Britain and British history and the way in which Britishness has been associated with, and extrapolated from, English culture and history. Our discussions will draw upon a variety of primary and secondary texts and British television and films. Historians, writers, politicians, artists and filmmakers whose works we will consider include Salman Rushdie, Paul Gilroy, Judith Walkowitz, Maya Jasanoff, Virginia Woolf, Buchi Emecheta, Tony Blair, and British documentary filmmaker Humphrey Jennings, and others. There is no prerequisite for this class. Students are expected to complete two short take-home projects, a film analysis, and a final research paper.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Arcp/Hist)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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