Britain and the World since 1750

History 280U

Spring 2016
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
0204 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
W 400-600
CCN: 
39861
Units: 
4

In recent decades the old conceit that Britain made the modern world has been challenged by the contention that the world made Britain.  This class will examine how this historiographical shift has occurred and what it means to those who consider themselves historians of Britain, as well as those who consider themselves historians of the modern world.   In passing it will rehearse the various debates that those preparing for qualifying exams need to know about the foundational debates of British history, its extension into the Atlantic and British worlds, the imperial turn in European history more generally, the history of globality and the provincialized place of Britain (and Europe) in world history, and the still little understood dynamics of late imperialism, decolonization and the Cold War in the formation of our neoliberal present.  Or that is the absurd ambition.  There will be a lot of reading but no writing. Your charge will be to produce a syllabus of a class you could and would want to teach.