Britain and the British Empire

$SAME AS V42.0162

This course examines the history of Britain and the British Empire from the early modern period to the present. Its co-taught format feature lectures and discussions led by historians of British and imperial history. The goal is to introduce students to some of the broad chronologies and major developments in British, imperial, and world history. There are no pre-requisites, and all students are welcome.

This lecture course provides a survey of the social, cultural, economic, and political histories of Britain between roughly 1780 and 1914. It begins at a time of revolution overseas, in America and France, and ends at the dawn of the era of total war. In between, Britain became a modern, liberal state and the world?s preeminent industrial and imperial power. It also had to come to grips with the social maladies of urban, industrial life?crime, disease, unrest, alcoholism. In many ways, this course charts how Britain and its governments tried to find ways to simultaneously preserve economic strength and contain and ameliorate the ?social problem.? The various solutions to this raised questions about the role of the state, which still loom large in Britain and elsewhere. The course also examines several major cultural issues of the period?gender, science, religion, and race. Consequently, lectures are as likely to discuss evolutionary theory, prostitution, germs, and water mains as Queen Victoria, the Boer War, elections, and Charles Dickens.

Course Information

HIST-UA 162

Undergraduate

4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

1
Andrew Sartori
TR: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM GCASL 383
1
Jennifer Lillian Dorfman
TR: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM GCASL 383
1
Guy Ortolano
TR: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM GCASL 383