EIU His 3100, Fall 2013, Newton Key
2:00–3:15 (except *, when 8 & 3:30), TR, Coleman 2691
Syllabus as pdf (brief version)

History of England, 1450-1730

week 1. The Material and the Mental Worlds of the English

week 2. Getting Medieval?: Early, Early Modern English Society

  • Aug 27. Rodrick, chs. 2-3 (Roman–Tudor Britain, D2L); group sign-up
  • Aug. 29. Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 1 (documents 1.1-1.5; always read brief ch. intro. & bring Sources to class]); E Timeline assignment due.
  • Sat. Group a recommendations due (D2L)
Cleric, Knight, and Workman
week 3. 1485 Anatomized Richard III
week 4. Henrician Church and State (Reformation and/or Tudor Revolution?) Anne Boleyn
week 5. Reforming and Reactionary Zeal (A "Little Tudors" Crisis?) Edward VI and the Pope (an allegory)
week 6. Reviewing the narrative from Anglo-Saxons to Tudors book frontespiece
week 7. Elizabeth and Isles (The Settlements)
Elizabeth, the Armada portrait

week 8. Elizabeth and the World (The Unsettlement)
Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger. Portrait of Elizabeth I c. 1595.
week 9. Reviewing the Tudors
week 10. An Unordered Society?
  • Oct. 22. Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 5 (5.1–5.4); Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, ch. 6 (1500s-1640s, pp. 185-211)
  • Oct. 24.Winstanley (movie); Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 5 (all) & 7.15
Cucking stool (17th cent.)
week 11. An Ungovernable People?; The Early Stuarts

week 12. The Early Stuarts, the Crisis of Parliaments, and Crisis of the Three Kingdoms, 1603-1642


week 13. Early Stuarts, Civil War, and Revolution, 1603-58
Charles I executed in front of the Banquetting Hall (17th c.)
week 14. Reform, Revolt, Revolution(s), 1640-1658 (updated)
William enters London (17th c., Dutch print)

week 15. Restorations and (another) Revolution, 1658-1689 (updated)

  • Dec. 3. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, ch. 9; Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 8 (8.1-8.4, plates 11-12, bring to class)
  • Dec. 5. Conclusion, Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, pp. 353 & 388-391
  • Dec. 9. FINAL EXAM, Mon., 2:45-4:45

His 3100 examines early modern England–an age ruled by Tudor and Stuart monarchs, but shaped by many men and women both commoners and aristocrats. We trace the political and religious narrative from pre-modern Medieval antecedents to the cusp of imperial domination and the rise of the modern metropolis (London). We also examine sources on specific intellectual, political, social, religious, and economic issues confronting the English (and Welsh, Scottish, and Irish) peoples, both those unique to the age and those with which we still wrestle today.

Course goals include:

I usually offer A History of Britain and the British Empire from 1714 to the Present, His 3110, in the Spring (the next time it is scheduled is probably Sprin 2014).


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