HIST051 - Modern Britain, 1700-present: Empire, Expansion and Democracy

Description: 
This course surveys British history from the eighteenth century to the present. In two centuries, Britain built an empire that ruled over a quarter of the globe and became the world's leading economy. In 2015, the Empire is gone, but coincident with its loss, Britain gained a welfare state and retained the a role as a powerhouse of culture and finance. Themes emphasized in the course include national identity, class, political reform, war, and imperial interaction. How did Britain come to dominate the world economy and what did this dominance look like? How should we understand its role in the world today? Do the Beatles, the Royal Family, and Amy Winehouse add up to a "Cool Britannia" that has somehow "made up" for the loss of the Empire? Using written and visual primary sources, we'll look at all of these questions as we study the birth and development of modern Britain.
Instructors: 
CHASE-LEVENSON, ALEXANDER
Day and Time: 
TR 1200PM-0130PM
Room: 
MCNEIL BUILDING 285
Activity: 
LEC
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: 
    HISTORY & TRADITION SECTOR
    • Major Concentrations: European
    • Major/Minor requirements fulfilled: Europe