††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† History 227
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† British History
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Second Semester, 2004-2005
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Reed Browning
This lecture course will introduce students to the outlines of the most recent five hundred years of British history Ė i.e., from Henry VII (the first Tudor monarch) to Tony Blair (the current Prime Minister). The structural integrity and narrative backbone of the course are supplied by political/diplomatic/military history, but we will deal extensively with religious, intellectual, and social history as well.† Because the course has a three-book text (first Smith, then Willcox, then Arnstein) that tells the narrative story, I will feel free to use the lectures to suggest different angles of vision, to present subjects not treated in the texts, and to discuss why historians have come to certain conclusions. While I think the course offers much of value to any student, I intend it to be particularly useful for students planning on visiting the United Kingdom, for students interested in English literature, and for students curious about the political/ constitutional legacy that the American republic inherited at its moment of independence.†
The following books should be purchased:
Walter Arnstein, Britain Yesterday and Today
Lacey Baldwin Smith, This Realm of England
William Willcox, The Age of Aristocracy
Asa Briggs, Victorian Cities
Linda Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation
Peter Gaunt, Oliver Cromwell
Christopher Haigh, Elizabeth I
Bernard Porter, The Lionís Share
I expect all term papers to conform to the procedures for citing sources in footnotes and endnotes and for preparing bibliographical listings that are described in Kate Turabian, Manual for Writers of Term Papers, These and Dissertations.† I therefore recommend that you purchase a copy.† See also February 3 below and note 4 at the end.
THE WORLD OF THE TUDORS
read: Smith, This Realm of England, 1-228.
††††††† Haigh, Elizabeth I
Jan. 17: Getting to Know Great Britain
Jan. 19: The Tudor Peace
Jan. 21: The Reformation as an Act of State
Jan. 24: NO CLASS [this date may get changed: Iíll keep you posted]
Jan. 26: The Protestant Reformation
Jan. 28: The Church of England
A CENTURY OF REVOLUTION†††††
read: Smith, This Realm of England, 231-348.
††††††† Gaunt, Oliver Cromwell
Jan. 31: The Grievances of the Commons
Feb. 2:††††††††††††† The Resurgence of Puritanism
Feb. 4: How Do We Make Sense of the English Revolution?
Feb. 7:††††††††††††† Workshop on Source Citation
Feb. 9: The Revolution in Political Thought
Feb. 11: The Baconian Turn of Mind
Feb. 14: The World We Have Lost
Feb. 16: The Glorious Revolution
THE LONG EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
read: Willcox, Age of Aristocracy, 1-291.
†††††††† Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation
Feb. 18: ††††††††††† The New Constitutional Order
Feb. 21: The Era of the Court Whigs
Feb. 23: Hanoverian Habits
Feb. 25: HOUR EXAMINATION
Feb. 28: The Origins of Evangelicalism
Mar. 2:††††††††††††† The End of the First British Empire (two copies of outline for research essay due)
Mar. 4:††††††††††††† England and the Slave Trade
Mar. 21:††††††††††† The Age of Austerity
Mar. 23:††††††††††† A Short Course on British Painting
Mar. 25:††††††††††† The Origins of Utilitarianism
read: Willcox, The Age of Aristocracy, 292-327.
††††††† Arnstein, Britain Yesterday and Today, 1-203.
††††††† Briggs, Victorian Cities, 11-138, 311-84.
Mar. 28:††††††††††† The Reform Bill
Mar. 30:††††††††††† The Expanding Franchise
Apr. 1:††††††††††††† The Life of the Mind in Victorian Britain
Apr. 4:††††††††††††† Charles Darwin
Apr. 6:††††††††††††† The Age of Equipoise
Apr. 8:††††††††††††† The Politics of Personality: Gladstone and Disraeli
Apr. 11: Victorians and Sexuality
Apr. 13: A Savoyard Interlude
Apr. 15: Englandís Irish Question, or Irelandís English Question
read: Arnstein, Britain Yesterday and Today, 207-462.
††††††† Porter, The Lionís Share
Apr. 18: Liberal Triumph and Disaster
Apr. 20: The Great War
Apr. 22: The Rise of the Labour Party
Apr. 25: The Long Weekend
Apr. 27: Sir Winston Churchill: Man of the Millenium
Apr. 29: The Second World War
May 2:††††††††††††† Englandís Green and Pleasant Land (research essays due)
May 4:††††††††††††† The Thatcher/Blair Revolution
May 6:††††††††††††† REVIEW SESSION
1. My regular office hours will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.† If those are not convenient, we can schedule a meeting for another time.† My office is Seitz 9, up on the second floor of Seitz House.† My office extension is 5642.† My home phone is 427-3155, and I do not mind being called at home (at reasonable hours).
2. My e-mail address is BROWNINR.† I frequently use e-mail to send messages to the class.† It is your responsibility to make sure your account is active.†
3. There will be one hour examination, one research essay, and one final examination in this course. Please note that you should submit two copies of an outline for your research essay on March 2.† The hour examination is scheduled for February 25; the research essay is due on May 2.† I do not grant unpenalized extensions for research essays.† The hour exam counts for 30% of the course grade, the research essay for another 30%, and the final exam for 40%.
4. Plagiarism is the representation of someone else's work as one's own.† It is the most serious offense that can be committed in an academic community.† We are obliged to acknowledge our debts to the labors of others, and recourse to notes is the most typical way of fulfilling that obligation.† Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, These and Dissertations gives wonderful advice on building notes and bibliographies. The Student Handbook contains a full discussion of plagiarism.† Please read it.† I will be glad to discuss any issues about plagiarism with any student.
5. ††††††† If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your ability to carry out assigned course work, I would urge that you contact the Office of Disability Services at 5453.† The Coordinator of Disability Services, Erin Salva (email@example.com), will review your concerns and determine, with you, what accommodations are appropriate.† All information and documentation of disability is confidential.
6. ††††††† I encourage the use of foreign languages in student research work.† I realize that few students will be proficient at reading Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or Swedish, and so I'll be pleased to make significant adjustments in expectations if anyone wants to try to do some of the reading for the research essay in a language other than English.† Please speak to me about the possibility if the prospect seems enticing.