EIU His 3100, Fall 2016, Newton Key
11:00-12:15, TR, Coleman 2761
Syllabus as pdf (brief version)

History of England, 1450-1700

week 1. When was England?
  • Aug. 23. Introduction
    • John White (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    • 13th century Mappa Mundi (1, 2, 3, 4 [Anglia, Wallia, Hibernia], 5, 6, 7 [Jerusalem])
  • Aug. 25. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, "Introduction"

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

Cleric, Knight, and Workman
week 3. 1485 Anatomized (Q) Richard III
week 4. Henrician Church and State (Reformation and/or Tudor Revolution?) (Q) Anne Boleyn
week 5. Reforming and Reactionary Zeal (A "Little Tudors" Crisis?) (OD) Edward VI and the Pope (an allegory)
week 6. Elizabeth and the Isles book frontespiece
week 7. Elizabeth and Isles (The Settlements)
Elizabeth, the Armada portrait

week 8. An Ordered Society?; Or an Ungovernable People? (OD)
week 9. The Early Stuarts and the Crisis of Parliaments, 1603-41 (Q) Cucking stool (17th cent.)
week 10. The Early Stuarts and the Three Kingdoms, 1603-42 (Q)
week 11. Rebellions to Revolt, 1637-1642
  • Nov. 1. EXAM II
  • Nov. 3. Kesselring, Trial of Charles, Part I

week 12. Civil War, and Revolution, 1642-58 (OD)


week 13. Restorations, 1658-85 (Q)
  • Nov. 15. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, ch. 9 (277-300); Trial pre-assignment due; Trial Preparation
  • Nov. 17. Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 8 (as assigned): Trial of Charles
Charles I executed in front of the Banquetting Hall (17th c.)

week 14. Another inevitable revolution? (OD)

  • Nov. 29. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, chs. 9-10 (1685-1702, pp. 300-330); Revolutionary England paper due
  • Dec. 1. Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, chs. 8-9 (8.11-8.15, 9.1-9.5)
William enters London (17th c., Dutch print)

week 15. The Making of a Ruling Class

  • Dec. 6. Bucholz and Key, Early Modern, chs. 9-10 (1702-1730s, pp. 330-377)
  • Dec. 8. Conclusion
  • Dec. 12. FINAL EXAM, Mon., 10:15-12:15

Current catalog description: "HIS 3100 - History of England, 1066-1688. (3-0-3) F. A survey of the History of England and the British Isles from the Norman conquest to the Glorious Revolution. WI, NUS. Credits: 3." We begin even before 1066 and quickly move to the fifteenth century. Especially featured will be 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 politics, religion, and society 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.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. List, describe, and rank causes and effects of key events and actors in English history from the late 15th to early 18th centuries
  2. 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
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. Select, assess (in terms of value and limitations), and analyze primary sources in order to evaluate arguments about early modern England. In other words, do history (research, write, present, lead)

I often offer two related courses: A History of Britain and the British Empire from 1714 to the Present, His 3110; and His 4815 History of Ireland and the Irish, 1600 to the Present. Ask me when they are next offered, if interested.


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