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Spring 2014-2015
* HIS 370 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Britain 1815-1945: Empire, Democracy, and War

Linda J. Colley

Since Britain's empire contained a fifth of the globe's population in 1820 and--on paper--reached its widest extent in 1945, this course embraces both national and global history. We explore how the UK became the prime economic and imperial power, and look at its competitors and those resisting it. We look at Britain's social, cultural, intellectual, gender, and political workings, relations with Ireland, and at the impact of war. We consider the ambiguities of world power status and the meanings of national decline.

Sample reading list:
James Belich, Replenishing the Earth
David Cannadine, Ornamentalism
Eric Hobsbawm, Industry and Empire
Peter Clarke, Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-1990
Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory
Roy Jenkins, Churchill
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
On average 120 pages of reading per week. Take home mid-term. Choice of final exam or short research paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other information:
PDF option not available to History concentrators.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41892 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th   McCosh Hall   46   Enrolled:51 Limit:70
43764 P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   Dickinson Hall   211   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed
43765 P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   McCormick Hall   272   Enrolled:17 Limit:15 Closed
43914 P03 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:8 Limit:15
43915 P04 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm W   Dickinson Hall   207   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
43162 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled