Britain

280U.001 Fall 2008 Britain and Empire

Course details and description posted under the comparative listing.

280C.001 Fall 2008 Early Modern England

This course introduces graduate students to the major issues and debates of English history from roughly 1500-1700. Major topics will include: the English Reformation; puritanism; the social order; gender and sexuality; the causes of the English Civil War; sectarian radicalism; the Glorious Revolution. While some of our time will be spent on relatively traditional political history, we will also consider issues of social and cultural change, and the course is intended to be of interest both to historians and to literary critics.

275C.001 Spring 2008 Why Britain Matters: An Exemplary or Peculiar History?

A survey of the field of modern British history from the eighteenth through to the twentieth century. The course will focus on the questions that have preoccupied historians in explaining and charting Britain's transition to modernity. There will be a lot of reading of both classic and more recent works.

101.02 Spring 2008 Geographical histories of Modern Britain

This course will examine the history of modern Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the perspective of its various geographies. These geographies will be interpreted broadly to include both the history of locations -- houses, nations, bodies, streets, cities, department stores, neighbourhoods, gardens, regions, etc. -- and the history of spatial relationships, such as between the city and the country, public and private, north and south, colony and metropole. How have people in different periods perceived space?

101.021 Spring 2008 "Self-Evident Truths": Human Rights and Humanitarianism, 1750 to the Present

Walk through Sproul Plaza and you will be greeted with petitions to sign and causes to rally for, or to rally against. These demands on our sympathy hardly seem out of place. We are expected to feel and, hopefully, to agitate for the political rights of peoples remote from ourselves, to campaign to eradicate hunger or to assist the victims of natural disasters. This was not always the case, however.

280C.001 Spring 2007 The Historiography of Empire and Imperialism

This course will examine the recent extensive historical writing on empire and imperialism. It will focus on the modern British Empire, situated in the context of larger European and American overseas expansion. We will begin with a look at the 'classic' historiography associated with historians ranging from J.R. Seeley to Ronald Robinson to Cain and Hopkins. We will assess the work of several 'postcolonial' theorists of empire, and engage with the ongoing debates on the role of empire in shaping the metropole.

285C.001 Spring 2007 Modern Imperial Britain: A Research Seminar

The purpose of this course is to enable you to write a research paper on a topic of your choice. Accordingly the focus is not on a particular thematic or problem but on the process of research and writing itself. We will also use the class to discuss more general matters of professional development - looking forward to your doctoral work, publishing and getting a job - in dialogue with the discussions on <a href=";http://www.nacbs.org/NACBS/forum/index.html";>The Making of the Working British Historian</a> website.

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