His 3110, Spring 2017, Newton Key
T, Th 12:30-13:15, EIU, Coleman Hall 2691
Syllabus as pdf (version 8/26/17)



History of Britain and the British Empire, 1688-Present (enhanced syllabus)

18th-century Britain
from J. Black, An Illustrated History of Eighteenth-Century Britain, 1688-1793 (1996)

week 1. Before Brexit: England –> Britain –> UK –> Devolution?

  • 22 Aug. Introduction
  • 24 Aug. Kent, NHoB, “Introduction"

William enters London, 1690, Dutch

from W.A. Maguire, ed., Kings in Conflict (Belfast, 1990).

week 2. Revolution Settlement(s), 1688-1715
  • 29 Aug. Kent, NHoB, Ch. 1 “The Glorious Revolution & the Creation of "Britain, 1688-1707"
  • 31 Aug. Mapping Unreformed Britain (meet in 1116 Booth Library)
Sacheverell Riots, 1710

from Black, An Illustrated History of Eighteenth-Century Britain, 120 (Daniel Burgess's Presbyterian meeting-house in Carey Street, London, is wrecked by the mob.)

week 3. Making of a Ruling Class, 1714-1760
Hogarth, Cutler's Feast

Hogarth, "The Industrious 'Prentice grown rich & Sheriff of London" (1747)

week 4. Britain and America in the Revolutionary Age, 1760-1780s

from Black, An Illustrated History of Eighteenth-Century Britain, 196 (Robert Clive returned from India as victor of Plessey, 1757, and bought an estate in Shropshire. Sat as MP for Shrewsbury. Election jugs were part of the process of "treating" the constituents.)

week 5. Britain and Europe in the Revolutionary Age, 1780s-1815

  • 19 Sept. Kent, NHoB, Ch. 5 “Revolution, War, & Reaction, 1789-1820"
  • 21 Sept. MID-TERM EXAM I
James Gillray, "Fashion before Ease" (2 Jan. 1793)

Thomas Paine and Britannia, from W. Glyn and J. Ramsden, Ruling Britainnia: A Political History of Britain, 1688-1988 (1990)

week 6.  Industrial Britain: The First Modern Society

  • 28 Sept. Equiano, vol. II (selected chapters)
"The Fellow Prentices at their Looms" by William Hogarth, 1747

from Black, An Illustrated History of Eighteenth-Century Britain, 35 (Mid-18th century machines were still dependent on human energy. Note the broadside song or poem of D. Defoe's Moll Flanders hung upon the idle apprentice's loom).

week 7. Parliamentary Reform and Reformers, 1815-1840s

  • 3 Oct. Kent, NHoB, Ch. 6 “The Age of Reform, 1820-1848"
  • 5 Oct. Equiano Paper Due

Lord Ashley's report on children in mining 1842from Lord Ashley's report on children in mining from 1842

week 8. Victorian Social Consensus

  • 10 Oct. Kent, NHoB, Ch. 7 “‘Liberal’ Empire, 1823-1873"
  • 12 Oct. Kent, NHoB, Ch. 8 “Nation & Empire, Citizens and Subjects, 1848-1873"
"Work," Ford Madox Brown, c. 1863
week 9.  Victorian Empire

week 10. Liberalism versus Socialism, 1890s-1914

  • 24 Oct. Kent, NHoB, Ch. 10 “The Crises of the Fin de Siècle, 1899-1914"
  • 26 Oct. Graves, Good-bye to All That, pp. 91-225; Times pre-assignment due
Cat and Mouse Act, 1913
week 11. The Killing Front, 1914-1918
Trench warfare, WWI

from Roberts, A History of England,2:703 (from Imperial War Museum)

week 12. The Long-Weekend & the Slump, 1914-1935
  • 7 Nov. Kent, NHoB, Ch. 12 “Politics & Empire in Interwar Britain, 1919-1935"; Graves, Good-bye to All That, pp. 226-347
  • 9 Nov. Good-bye To All That paper Due

week 13. Britain's War, 1935-1945

Evacuation of Dunkirk, June 1940

week 14. The People's Peace and I'm all Right Jack, 1945-1960s

  • 28 Nov. NHoB, Ch. 13 “Appeasement, World War, & the Establishment of the Welfare State, 1935-1962" (pp. 416-423); Ch. 14 “The Shock of the New: Decolonization & the Creation of a New Society, 1947-1996" (to p. 440)
  • 30 Nov. Mass Observation: Wing, 1942-45
National Health Service (NHS) Hospital

from Roberts, A History of England, 2: 788

week 15. Northern Ireland and Devolution

  • 5 Dec. NHoB, Ch. 14 “The Shock of the New: Decolonization & the Creation of a New Society, 1947-1996" (pp. 440-455); Ch. 15 “The Make-Up of Britain, 1997-2015" (esp. pp. 462-467)
  • 7 Dec. Mass Observation presentations due
  • 11 Dec., Monday, 12:30–2:30 pm, FINAL EXAM

Issued by Textbook Rental (draft: to be updated):

  • Equiano, Olaudah. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of.... 1789. Ed. Werner Sollors. New York: W.W. Norton, 2001.
  • Graves, Robert. Good-bye to All That. 1929, 1957. New York: Anchor Books, 1985.
  • Kent, Susan Kingsley. A New History of Britain since 1688: Four Nations and an Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Wing, Sandra Koa, ed. Our Longest Days: a People's History of the 2nd World War. London: Profile Books, 2009.
His 3110 provides a narrative of British history from the Revolution of 1688-89 through the upheavals of the late 20th century. It stresses the social, economic, and even religious bases of struggles about parliamentary democracy and imperial domination. It also provides a chance to understand the contemporary issues in Britain from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries by using sources from the period.
  1. Develop an understanding of the basic narrative of modern British history (esp. 1689-1989)
  2. Compare/contrast the British basic narrative to periods and concepts of modern European/World history:
    • political revolution,
    • industrial revolution,
    • political revolution and stability,
    • party,
    • urbanization,
    • social class,
    • war,
    • decolonialism
  3. Relate ideas to action, the intellectual elite to socio-economic realities in the 18th-20th centuries
  4. Use and analyze primary sources and secondary works on modern British history
  5. Three themes:
    a. Industrious Britain and Social Class
    b. Rise and Fall of Imperial Britain
    c. Experience of War (between the home front and the trenches)

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