Britain

101.008 Spring 2017 Anything on Modern Imperial Britain

This class is primarily designed for students who have made Britain or its empire their area of concentration. Class meetings will focus on the process of research and writing. Early readings will explore different models of research and writing and introduce students to the research materials available to them on campus. I am open to students writing on any subject so long as they have a good question and a set of archival sources that will help them answer it. Students wishing to take the class will need to contact me before the fall semester is finished.

101.003 Spring 2016 Anything on Imperial Britain

This class is primarily designed for students who have made Britain or its empire their area of concentration. Class meetings will focus on the process of research and writing. Early readings will explore different models of research and writing and introduce students to the research materials available to them on campus. I am open to students writing on any subject so long as they have a good question and a set of archival sources that will help them answer it.

280U Spring 2016 Britain and the World since 1750

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

103C.002 Fall 2015 Gender and Sex in Britain, 1640-Present

In this course we will consider gender and sex in Britain from the 1640’s to the late twentieth century, with particular attention to the ways in which normative gender roles and sexual behaviors both reinforced and problematized each other at particular moments in British history.

101.004 Spring 2015 Britain and Its Worlds

This is a research seminar on Britain, the British empire, and British engagement with the wider world in the modern era. Members of this seminar are welcome to write on any aspect of British history, and are especially encouraged to explore the ways in which British and imperial actors or interests informed, experienced, and sometimes explosively propelled larger international problems after 1750.  
 

280C Fall 2014 The Renaissance before the Secular

This course offers an introduction to Renaissance and early modern studies, focusing on debates about secularism as they pertain to four topics: the state, the human, literature, and society. We will read works by Dante, Luther, and Savonarola, Las Casas, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Milton, Lucy Hutchinson, Ann Halkett, and Giambattista Vico. The course will be co-taught by a historian and literary scholar and the methodological differences between these approaches will be one of the main topics of the seminar.

N151C Summer 2014 The Peculiar Modernity of Britain - Session D

For many years Britain was seen as the crucible of the modern world. This small, cold and wet island was thought to have been the first to develop representative politics, the idea of the individual, the nuclear family, capitalism and an industrial economy, a bureaucratic state, rapid transportation, mass cities, mass culture and, of course, an empire upon which the sun famously never set.

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