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Prof. David Campion




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SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

FALL 2014

Week ISep 3-5Introduction: "This Sceptre'd Isle"
Week IISep 8-12Shaping the Political Order
Week IIISep 15-19Government at Home and Expansion Overseas
Week IVSep 22-26Britain and the Enlightenment
Week VSep 29-Oct 3Religion and Society in Eighteenth-century Britain
Week VIOct 6-10The Celtic Periphery and the British Nation
Week VIIOct 13-17The Ends of the Earth
Week VIIIOct 20-24Origins of the Industrial Economy
Week IXOct 27-31The King's Obedient and Rebellious Subjects
Week XNov 3-7Inside Britain's Underworld
Week XINov 10-14Empire and Industry
Week XIINov 17-21Revolution and Reaction
Week XIIINov 24-28Making "Britain" and "the British"
Week XIVDec 1-5Modern Warfare and the British Heroic Myth, 1793-1815
Week XVDec 8-10Conclusion: Becoming a Superpower



Week I: "This Sceptre'd Isle"

Sep 3: Introduction to the course
Sep 7: Review: The early history of Britain and its peoples


Reading:
Colley, 1-9
Langford, 1-32
Voltaire, 7-18




Week II: Shaping the Political Order

Sep 8: Politics and society in seventeenth-century Britain
Sep 10: The Glorious Revolution and the paradoxes of British liberty
Sep 12: Discussion


Reading:
Arnstein, 1-22
Burke, ix-xxxvi
Langford, 34-68
Voltaire, 44-50, 62-67




Week III: Government at Home and Expansion Overseas

Sep 15: Walpole, the "Robinocracy," and the rage of party
Sep 17: The Atlantic World and the origins of the British Empire
Sep 18: Referendum on Scottish Independence
Sep 19: Discussion


Reading:
Burke, 131-150, 183-194, 233-245
Rediker, 1-76

Documents:
Richard Ligon, "A true & exact history of the island of Barbados" (1657)
Stowage diagram of African slave ship Brookes (1788)


MAP EXERCISE DUE SEP 15



Week IV: Britain and the Enlightenment

Sep 22: The Augustan Age: art, letters, and music
Sep 24: The Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution
Sep 26: Discussion


Reading:
Langford, 71-100, 183-210
Voltaire, 53-61, 68-100, 107-119

Documents:
Sir Isaac Newton, "Mathematical principles of natural philosophy" (1729)
Dr. John Wallis, "The origin of the Royal Society" (1700)

Music:
G.F. Handel, Messiah (1742)


RESPONSE PAPER #1 DUE SEP 24



Week V: Religion and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Sep 29: Anglicans, Methodists, and Evangelicals
Oct 1: Social ranking, family life, and leisure
-------- Film: Sense and Sensibility, 7-10 PM, Miller 102
Oct 3: Discussion


Reading:
Arnstein, 30-33, 75-90
Burke, 94-128
Colley, 11-54
Voltaire, 23-43


RESPONSE PAPER #2 DUE OCT 3



Week VI: The Celtic Periphery and the British Nation

Oct 6: The Scots: Lowlanders, Highlanders, and the Scottish Enlightenment
Oct 8: The most distressful country: Ireland in the eighteenth century
Oct 10: FALL BREAK (NO CLASS)


Reading:
Colley, 55-132
Hugh Trevor-Roper, "The Highland Tradition in Scotland" in Hobsbawm & Ranger, The Invention of Tradition

Documents:
Robert Burns, "Scots Wha Hae" (1788)
Evan James, "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau" (Land of my Fathers)
(Author unknown), "Wearing o' the Green" (1798)
Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal (1729)




Week VII: The Ends of the Earth

Oct 13: Global rivalry and the Seven Years War
Oct 15: Voyages of discovery and despair: James Cook and William Bligh
Oct 17: Discussion


Reading:
Rediker, 77-152
Scott Ashley, "How Navigators Think: The Death of Captain Cook Revisited" in Past & Present (194) 2007 [JSTOR]

Documents:
Maj. Gen. James Wolfe, "To the citizens of Québec" (1759)
Capt. James Cook, Journal excerpts from first voyage (1769)


RESPONSE PAPER #3 DUE OCT 15



Week VIII: Origins of the Industrial Economy

Oct 20: Pre-industrial commerce and production
Oct 22: Discussion/review for midterm examination
Oct 24: MIDTERM EXAMINATION


Reading:
Arnstein, 144-148
Langford, 141-180




Week IX: The King's Obedient and Rebellious Subjects

Oct 27: The American crisis and its aftermath
Oct 29: Patriotism and the monarchy
--------- Film: The Madness of King George, 7-10 PM, Miller 102
Oct 31: Discussion


Reading:
Arnstein, 50-54, 91-114
Burke, 246-292
Colley, 132-145, 195-236
Defoe, Moll Flanders (first half)

Image:
Continental Congress, Declaration of Independence (1776)


ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE OCT 31



Week X: Inside Britain's Underworld

Nov 3: Crime and punishment
Nov 5: The lives of the excluded
Nov 7: Discussion: Moll Flanders


Reading:
Arnstein, 23-30, 33-34, 37-49
Langford, 103-139
Rediker, 153-204
Defoe, Moll Flanders (second half)




Week XI: Empire and Industry

Nov 10: The East India Company at home and abroad
Nov 12: The "Triple Revolution:" agriculture, population, and industry
Nov 14: Discussion


Reading:
Arnstein, 64-74, 148-154
Rediker, 205-299
Burke, 363-406
"The Company that ruled the waves" in The Economist, Dec 2011

Document:
Oliver Goldsmith, "The Deserted Village" (1770)


RESPONSE PAPER #4 DUE NOV 14



Week XII: Revolution and Reaction

Nov 17: The French Revolution and British radicalism
Nov 19: Republicanism and rebellion in Ireland
Nov 21: Discussion


Reading:
Arnstein, 115-133
Burke, 499-507, 295-359




Week XIII: Making "Britain" and "the British"

Nov 24: Nationalism and the creation of the British "national" identity
Nov 26: Women and men in the new Britain
Nov 28: THANKSGIVING (NO CLASS)


Reading:
Arnstein, 134-140
Colley, 147-193, 237-281

Documents:
James Thompson, "Rule, Britannia!" (1745)
Henry Carey, "God Save the King" (1724)
Articles of the Act of Union (1707)


RESPONSE PAPER #5 DUE NOV 26



Week XIV: Modern Warfare and the British Heroic Myth, 1793-1815

Dec 1: Nelson and the war at sea
Dec 3: Wellington and the war on land
Dec 5: Discussion


Reading:
Colley, 283-319
Langford, 213-242
John Keegan, "Wellington: the Anti-Hero" in The Mask of Command, 1987

Documents:
Admiral Horatio Nelson, Dispatches, letters, and diary entries (1805)
Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, Dispatch to William Marsden, Esq, Admiralty, London (1805)
Charles O'Malley, Wellington's crossing of the Douro (1809)

Exhibition:
National Maritime Museum, "Nelson, Navy, Nation" (BBC Magazine)


RESEARCH ESSAY DUE DEC 5



Week XV: Becoming a Superpower

Dec 8: The aftermath of war and the beginning of Britain's "imperial century"
Dec 10: Conclusion: the emergence of Modern Britain


Reading:
Colley, 364-375
Langford, 245-248


FINAL EXAMINATION: WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER, 6:00-9:00 PM



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