His 3110, Spring 2014, Newton Key
M, W, F 12-12:50, EIU, Coleman Hall 2691
Syllabus as pdf (brief version)



History of Britain and the British Empire, 1688-Present (enhanced syllabus)

18th-century Britain
from J. Black, An Illustrated History of Eighteenth-Century Britain, 1688-1793 (1996)

week 1. Restoration Un-settlements, 1660-1689

  • Jan. 13. Introduction
  • Jan. 15. Gordon Brown, “We need a United Kingdom” (2007)
  • Jan. 17. Bucholz & Key, Early Modern England, chs. 9-10 (part)
William enters London, 1690, Dutchfrom W.A. Maguire, ed., Kings in Conflict (Belfast, 1990).
week 2. Revolution Settlement(s), 1688-1715
  • Jan. 22. Roberts, Roberts and Bisson, ch. 16
  • Jan. 24. Key & Bucholz, Sources & Debates, 9.3, 9.4, 9.12, plate 13, 9.15
Sacheverell Riots, 1710 from Black, An Illustrated History of Eighteenth-Century Britain, 120 (Daniel Burgess's Presbyterian meeting-house in Carey Street, London, is wrecked by the mob.)
week 3. Making of a Ruling Class, 1714-1760
  • Jan. 27. Roberts, Roberts and Bisson, ch. 17
    • The Jacobite Heritage (documents and the reputed line from James II to the current Francis, Duke of Bavaria)
  • Jan. 29. Mapping Unreformed Britain I
  • Jan. 31. Mapping Britain II
Hogarth, Cutler's FeastHogarth, "The Industrious 'Prentice grown rich & Sheriff of London" (1747)

week 4. Britain and America in the Revolutionary Age, 1760-1780s

from Black, An Illustrated History of Eighteenth-Century Britain, 196 (Robert Clive returned from India as victor of Plessey, 1757, and bought an estate in Shropshire. Sat as MP for Shrewsbury. Election jugs were part of the process of "treating" the constituents.)

week 5. Britain and Europe in the Revolutionary Age, 1780s-1815

  • Feb. 10. Roberts, Roberts and Bisson, ch. 21; Mapping Britain Presentations
  • Feb. 12. Unreformed Political Elections
.)James Gillray, "Fashion before Ease" (2 Jan. 1793)Thomas Paine and Britannia, from W. Glyn and J. Ramsden, Ruling Britainnia: A Political History of Britain, 1688-1988 (1990)

week 6.  The First Modern Society

"The Fellow Prentices at their Looms" by William Hogarth, 1747from Black, An Illustrated History of Eighteenth-Century Britain, 35 (Mid-18th century machines were still dependent on human energy. Note the broadside song or poem of D. Defoe's Moll Flanders hung upon the idle apprentice's loom).

week 7. Parliamentary Reform and Reformers, 1815-1840s

Lord Ashley's report on children in mining 1842from Lord Ashley's report on children in mining from 1842

week 8. Victorian Social Consensus

"Work," Ford Madox Brown, c. 1863
week 9.  Victorian Empire

week 10. Liberalism versus Socialism, 1890s-1914

  • March 24, 26. Roberts, Roberts and Bisson, chs. 26
  • March 28.
Cat and Mouse Act, 1913
week 11. Victorian Empire Encore (and review)
Trench warfare, WWIfrom Roberts, A History of England,2:703 (from Imperial War Museum)
week 12. The Killing Front, The Long-Weekend, and the Slump, 1914-1935

week 13. Britain's War, 1935-1945

Evacuation of Dunkirk, June 1940Dunkirk

week 14. The People's Peace and I'm all Right Jack, 1945-1960s

  • April 21, 23. Roberts, Roberts and Bisson, chs. 30-31
  • April 25. Mass Observation: Wing, 1942-45
National Health Service (NHS) Hospitalfrom Roberts, A History of England, 2: 788

week 15. Northern Ireland and Devolution


Issued by Textbook Rental:

  • Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. 1854. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 1996. [24.772]
  • Roberts, Clayton, David Roberts, and Douglas R. Bisson. History Of England, Volume 2 (1688 To The Present). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2009. [14.905]
  • Steinbach, Susie L. Understanding the Victorians: Politics, Culture, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Britain. London: Routledge, 2012. [28.955]
  • Wing, Sandra Koa, ed. Our Longest Days: a People's History of the 2nd World War. London: Profile Books, 2009. [11.145]
His 3110 (33507) provides a narrative of British history from the Revolution of 1688-89 through the upheavals of the late 20th century. It stresses the social, economic, and even religious bases of struggles about parliamentary democracy and imperial domination. It also provides a chance to understand the contemporary issues in Britain from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries by using primary documents.
  1. Develop an understanding of the basic narrative of modern British history (esp. 1689-1989)
  2. Compare/contrast the British basic narrative to periods and concepts of modern European/World history:
    • political revolution,
    • industrial revolution,
    • political revolution and stability,
    • party,
    • urbanization,
    • social class,
    • war,
    • decolonialism
  3. Relate ideas to action, the intellectual elite to socio-economic realities in the 18th-20th centuries
  4. Use and analyze primary sources and secondary works on modern British history
  5. Three themes:
    a. Industrious Britain and Social Class
    b. Rise and Fall of Imperial Britain
    c. Experience of War (between the home front and the trenches)

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