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
- Aug. 20. When was England?
- John White (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- 13th century Mappa Mundi (1, 2, 3, 4 [Anglia, Wallia, Hibernia], 5, 6, 7 [Jerusalem])
- Aug. 22. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, “Introduction”
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)
|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
week 14. Reform, Revolt, Revolution(s), 1640-1658 (updated)
- Nov. 19. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, chs. 7 (pp. 242-249) & 8 (250-267); Revolutionary England/EEBO newsbook Revolutionary England pre-assignment due
(bring copy to class)
- Nov. 21. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, ch. 8 (pp. 267-276); Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 7 (bring and be ready to discuss at least 7 documents chosen for your paper)
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:
- List, choose, and describe the key events and actors of the basic political and religious narrative of English history from the late 15th to early 18th centuries
- Define, distinguish, and apply abstract concepts (state-building, core-periphery, religious reformations and divisions, civil war, revolution, social stratification, empire, multiple kingdoms, popular and elite culture, gender relations, millenarianism, and absolute and constitutional monarchy) to specific key events and trends in that narrative
- Find, interpret, analyze, and reference (cite) different types of early modern primary sources (public legal acts, newspaper accounts, and parliamentary debates to private diaries and anonymous notes, especially print culture sources from images to pamphlets)
- Locate and apply the tools of modern research, including the Oxford English Dictionary online, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online, and Early English Books Online
- Do history (research, write, present, lead)–choose, assess (in terms of value and limitations), and analyze primary sources in order to evaluate arguments about early modern England
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).
- Robert Bucholz and Newton Key, Early Modern England, 1485-1714: A Narrative History, 2nd ed. (2009) [TRS 14.835]
- Newton Key and Robert Bucholz, eds., Sources and Debates in English History, 1485-1714, 2nd ed. (2009) [TRS 14.900]
requirements, papers, and exams
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October 29, 2013