EIU His 3100, Fall 2012, Newton Key
12:30–1:45, TR, Coleman 2751
Syllabus as pdf (brief version)
History of England, 1450-1730
|week 1. The Material and the Mental Worlds of the English
- Aug. 21. When was England?
- Visual and Study Sources
- John White (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- 13th century Mappa Mundi (1, 2, 3, 4 [Anglia, Wallia, Hibernia], 5, 6, 7 [Jerusalem])
- Aug. 23. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, “Introduction” (1-15); A Brief Cronology of Great Britain, From the first discoveries of this Isle, through the severall Conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes, and Normans (1656) [handout/EEBO]
|week 6. Elizabeth and Isles (The Settlements)
- Sept. 25. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, ch. 4 (1558-85)
- Sept. 27. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, ch. 5 (1585-1603); Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 4 (4.1, 4.3, 4.4, & documents chosen by group leaders)
|week 8. An Unordered Society?
- Oct. 9. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, ch. 6 (1500s-1640s, pp. 158-84)
- Oct. 11. Winstanley (movie); Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 5 (5.1–5.4);
witches of Bottesford, Leicestershire, 1618
|week 10. The Early Stuarts and the Crisis of Parliaments,
- Oct. 23.
Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, ch. 7
- Oct. 25. Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 6 (6.1, 6.4, 6.6-6.9)
|week 11. The Early Stuarts and the Three Kingdoms, 1603-1642
- Oct. 30.
Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, chs. 5 & 7 (all documents in 5 & 7.15)
- Nov. 1. Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, chs. 5 & 7 (all documents in 5 & 7.15)
week 14. Reform, Revolt, Revolution(s), 1640-1658 (updated)
- Nov. 27. 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. 29. 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. 4. 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. 6. Conclusion, Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, pp. 353 & 388-391
- Dec. 10. Final Exam, Monday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
His 3100 examines early modern England–primarily the age ruled by Tudor and Stuart monarchs, but shaped by many English men and women both commoners and aristocrats. Besides the political and religious narrative, we examine sources on specific intellectual, political, social, religious, and economic issues confronting the English (and Welsh, Scottish, and Irish) peoples.
Course goals include:
- introducing (and general mastery of) a basic political and religious narrative of English history from the late 15th to early 18th centuries
- understanding how English history specifics relate to the more general concepts of 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
- introducing and discussing various early modern sources, from public legal acts and parliamentary debates to private diaries and anonymous notes
- introducing and using the tools of modern research, including the Oxford English Dictionary online, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online, and Early English Books Online
- furthering ability to do history, through research and writing
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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December 7, 2012