Britain and the Making of the Modern World

History 275C.001

Fall 2009
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Wed 2-4

This course will examine why Britain's history was long seen as a model for how the modern world was made. It will, accordingly, focus on familiar historical processes: the creation of national state structures, the emergence of representative politics, the industrial revolution, imperial expansion, secularization, urbanization and the invention of modern cultural institutions. It will ask when, where and how Britain became modern. Drawing upon a selection of canonical and more recent works, we will consider how historians' answers to these questions have changed, and why British history still matters now that we have provincialized its peculiar path to modernity. The class is designed for all those considering Britain as a first or second field in their qualifying exams. It is also open to all those whose own field has been shaped, historically or historiographically, by the British model of modernity.


Also listed as 280C.001 (ccn: 39708)