Britain

103B.004 Spring 2018 New Media in Early Modern Britain, 1476-1791

How should we, as viewers of the world through digital screens, make sense of the legacies of a communications revolution that was made of ink and paper? Before the arrival of Britain’s first printing press in 1476, books were rare and most knowledge depended on the ephemeral vehicles of speech and memory. By the eighteenth century, we find a society that rustled with books, newspapers, financial receipts, and private letters. Mass communication was a reality and the written word accumulated in libraries, coffeehouses, and private homes.

101.006 Spring 2018 Britain, Europe, and Modernity

This seminar welcomes all students whose historical interests tend toward British history or, more broadly, European history (including Europe in relation to colonial empire) since 1500. Projects that are based in interdisciplinary research (law, science, art, etc.) are particularly encouraged.

103C.001 Fall 2017 The Making (and Breaking?) of Britain

Britain now seems poised on a precipice: will the geo-political entity that has been the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland survive far into the twenty-first century or will it dissolve among its multiple states? The answer to that question belongs to the future. What this class can ask is: what is "Britain" anyway? How did it come to be? What are its fault lines?

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.  
 

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