Modern Britain: 1688 to the Present|
Spring 2010 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the historical forces that shaped the development of nations and cultures that today form the United Kingdom. It combines a discussion of internal social and political developments with an examination of Britain's changing international and imperial role. Topics include state structures and national identity, political and social reform, the rise of London as a showcase for a socially diverse urban culture, industry and labor, immigration and Empire, the international status of Britain, the production of feminist sexual politics, world wars and the welfare state, decolonization and its consequences, Americanization and mass consumerism, youth culture and fashion, racial strife and the politics of "Britishness." The course is especially appropriate as background for the study of European history, gender and history, modernity, colonialism and postcolonialism, and theory and history. It emphasizes doing history by introducing students to primary sources, including speeches, letters, census records, novels, and films, that will be contextualized through lectures, debates, and supplementary texts. Students learn how historians define historical questions and shape material into historical narratives and discover new approaches to using gender, race, sexuality, and class as categories for historical analysis of social phenomena such as power, agency, and experience.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-History)
R. Blakeley and J. Collins, DOCUMENTS IN BRITISH HISTORY, v. II
Linda Colley, BRITONS: FORGING THE NATION, 1707-1837.
Judith Walkowitz, CITY OF DREADFUL DELIGHT: NARRATIVES OF SEXUAL DANGER IN LATE-VICTORIAN LONDON (Chicago, 1992).
Antoinette Burton, ed. POLITICS AND EMPIRE IN VICTORIAN BRITAIN (2001)
Denis Judd, EMPIRE (1996).
T.W. Heyck, THE PEOPLES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, vols. 2 and 3 (1992)
Wendy Webster, IMAGINING HOME: GENDER, RACE AND NATIONAL IDENTITY, 1945-1961 (London, 1998).
Anna Davin, GROWING UP POOR (1996)
There is also a Course Reader.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm examination, final exam, research paper, class project
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
dropped this one 12/12/07 - jenn to do 177 instead per bill
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