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SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

FALL 2015

Week I Aug 31-Sep 4Introduction: Peace Restored
Week II Sep 7-11Radicalism and Reform
Week III Sep 14-18Industry, Economy, and Social Upheaval
Week IV Sep 21-25The Victorian Age: Order and Society
Week V Sep 28-Oct 2The Victorian Age: Faith, Intellect, and Creativity
Week VI Oct 5-9The Victorian Age: Government and Empire
Week VII Oct 12-16A Place at the Table
Week VIII Oct 19-23The Edwardian Interlude
Week IX Oct 26-30Britain in the Great War
Week X Nov 2-6The Crisis Years, 1919-1939
Week XI Nov 9-13Britain's Dark Days, 1939-1951
Week XII Nov 16-20The Challenges of Postwar Britain
Week XIII Nov 23-27The Transformation of British Politics
Week XIV Nov 30-Dec 4The Transformation of British Society
Week XV Dec 7-9Britain: Present and Future



Week I: Introduction: Peace Restored

Aug 31: How do we view Modern Britain and the British?
Sep 2: British society at the beginning of the nineteenth century
Sep 4: Peace restored and the expansion of the British Empire


Reading:
Wilson, 1-23




Week II: Radicalism and Reform

Sep 7: LABOR DAY (NO CLASS)
Sep 9: Radicalism and reform, 1815-1848
Sep 11: Discussion


Reading:
Brendon, 97-118
Wilson, 34-73, 108-120

Documents:
The People's Petition (1838)
Samuel Bamford, "Passages in the Life of a Radical" (1819)
T.B. Macaulay, Speech on the Reform Bill of 1832
Lin Tse Hsü (Zexu), Letter to Queen Victoria (1839)




Week III: Industry, Economy, and Social Upheaval

Sep 14: The industrial economy and the rise of a class society
Sep 16: Ireland: politics, famine, and emigration
Sep 18: Discussion


Reading:
Arnstein, 154-168
Brendon, 63-96, 119-140
Wilson, 74-83

Documents:
Daniel O'Connell, "Justice for Ireland" (speech to the House of Commons) (1836)
"Summer of Sorrows" from Gerald Keegan's Diary (1847)
William Bennett, "Narrative of a recent journey in Ireland" (1847)
Parliamentary Proceedings, "The state of famine and disease in Ireland" (1846)
Cork Reporter, "The apprehended scarcity" (1846)
Times of London, "The Irish question" (1846)

Music:
Sinéad O'Connor, "Skibbereen"


MAP EXERCISE DUE 16 SEP



Week IV: The Victorian Age: Order and Society

Sep 21: Victoria and her realm: the social order examined
Sep 23: Inside the Victorian underworld: crime, policing, and prisons
Sep 25: Discussion


Reading:
Wilson, 24-33, 441-450
David Campion, "Policing the Peelers: Parliament, the Public, and the Metropolitan Police" in M. Cragoe and A. Taylor (eds.) London Politics, 1760-1914

Documents:
Henry Mayhew and John Binny, The Criminal Prisons of London and Scenes of Prison Life (1862)
[excerpts: 1 and 2]
The Ripper Files (from the records of the Metropolitan Police)
"Jack the Ripper" Letters and Postcards (1888-90)

Image:
Sir Joshua Jebb, Royal Engineers, Drawing of HMP Pentonville (1844)


RESPONSE PAPER #1 DUE 25 SEP



Week V: The Victorian Age: Faith, Intellect, and Creativity

Sep 28: Science and religion: Darwinism and the Evangelical and Catholic revivals
Sep 30: The Victorian style: architecture, literature, and music
Oct 2: Discussion


Reading:
Arnstein, 197-222
Wilson, 93-107, 123-150, 224-244, 365-384

Music:
Gilbert and Sullivan, "He is an Englishman!" [from HMS Pinafore] (1878)
Edward Elgar, "Enigma Variations" (1899), "Pageant of Empire" (1924),
"Imperial March, op. 32" (1924)




Week VI: The Victorian Age: Government and Empire

Oct 5: Gladstone, Disraeli, and the origins of mass politics
Oct 7: Empire and the British national identity, 1885-1914
Oct 9: FALL BREAK (NO CLASS)


Reading:
Arnstein, 223-236, 263-280
Brendon, 141-183
Wilson, 201-223, 343-364, 385-408, 478-485




Week VII: A Place at the Table

Oct 12: Trouble next door: The Irish question
Oct 14: The Suffragettes and the emancipation of women
Oct 16: Discussion


Reading:
Arnstein, 169-196, 243-261
Brendon, 184-218
Wilson, 437-440, 451-477, 486-520, 530-536


RESPONSE PAPER #2 DUE 12 OCT



Week VIII: The Edwardian Interlude

Oct 19: The South African War at home and abroad, 1899-1902
Oct 21: The fall of the Liberals and the rise of Labour
Oct 23: MIDTERM EXAMINATION


Reading:
Arnstein, 281-305
Brendon, 219-253
Clarke, 7-76
Wilson, 539-547, 572-620


ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE 19 OCT



Week IX: Britain in the Great War

Oct 26: The Western Front and the Home Front, 1914-1918
Oct 28: Counting the cost: War and British society
Oct 30: Discussion


Reading:
Arnstein, 307-330
Brendon, 254-293
Clarke, 77-110
Orwell, Coming Up for Air (first half)

Documents:
Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen, Selected poems (1915-17)
Proclamation of the Irish Republic (1916) [image]

Music:
Cecil Spring-Rice "I Vow to Thee, My Country"
Brian Warfield, "A Soldier's Return"
Eric Bogle, "No Man's Land"

Memorials:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Somme Heritage Centre of Northern Ireland
ANZAC Commemorative Site (Government of Australia)




Week X: The Crisis Years

Nov 2: The highs and lows of interwar Britain, 1919-1939
Nov 4: Diplomacy, appeasement, and rearmament
Nov 6: Discussion: Orwell, Coming Up for Air


Reading:
Arnstein, 331-351, 354-376
Brendon, 334-355
Clarke, 111-143
Orwell, Coming Up for Air (second half)

Audio:
Neville Chamberlain, "Peace for Our Time" (1938) and "We are at War" (1939)


RESPONSE PAPER #3 DUE 6 NOV



Week XI: Britain's Dark Days

Nov 9: "Their Finest Hour" Britain at war, 1939-1945
Nov 10: Film: The Remains of the Day: 7-10 PM, Miller 102
Nov 11: Britain's postwar crises, 1945-1951
Nov 13: Discussion


Reading:
Arnstein, 376-378, 382-386
Brendon, 379-420, 466-486
Clarke, 144-215

Audio:
Winston Churchill, "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat" (1940),
"Their Finest Hour" (1940), "The Sinews of Peace" (1946)

Film:
Ministry of Information and US War Department, "A Welcome to Britain" (1943)

Music:
Benjamin Britten, War Requiem (selections) (1962)
Vera Lynn, "We'll Meet Again" (1939), "There'll Always be an England" (1941),
"The White Cliffs of Dover" (1942), "When the Lights Go On Again" (1942)




Week XII: The Challenges of Postwar Britain

Nov 16: The "New Jerusalem": building the welfare state
Nov 18: Dismantling the British Empire
Nov 20: Discussion


Reading:
Arnstein, 351-353, 379-381, 387-403, 411-425
Brendon, 444-465, 487-515, 551-574
Clarke, 216-282

Video and Audio:
BBC Film Archive, Lord Mountbatten reads address by King George VI on Indian independence (1947)
Movietone News, Crisis in Suez (1956)
BBC Radio Archive, Harold Macmillan's "Wind of Change" speech (1960)
Pathé News, State funeral of Winston Churchill (1965)


RESPONSE PAPER #4 DUE 16 NOV



Week XIII: The Transformation of British Politics

Nov 23: Nationalism, regionalism, and conflict: Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
Nov 25: Thatcherism, "New Labour," and the new British politics
Nov 27: THANKSGIVING (NO CLASS)


Reading:
Arnstein, 427-444
Clarke, 283-400
Margaret Thatcher, The Downing Street Years, 3-59

Documents:
BBC "In Depth," Statistics for the Thatcher Years

Video:
BBC News, Bobby Sands elected MP for Fermanagh/South Tyrone (1981)
BBC Panorama, Falklands War Outbreak (1982)
Margaret Thatcher, Speech to the House of Commons on the European Council (1990)
Tony Blair, Final Statement as Prime Minister (2007)

C-SPAN, Prime Minister's Questions


RESPONSE PAPER #5 DUE 25 NOV



Week XIV: The Transformation of British Society

Nov 30: Discussion
Dec 2: Popular culture, immigration, and the making of multicultural Britain
Dec 4: The Windsors: family, monarchy, and nation


Reading:
Arnstein, 403-411
Brendon, 633-662
David Cannadine, "Diana, Princess of Wales" in History in Our Time
Salman Rushdie, "The New Empire within Britain" in Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism

Music:
The Beatles, "Penny Lane" (1966)
The Kinks, "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" (1966), "We are the Village Green Preservation Society" (1968), "Shangri-La" (1969)
The Sex Pistols, "God Save the Queen" (1977), "Anarchy in the UK" (1976)
The Clash, "London Calling" (1979), "The Guns of Brixton" (1979)

Audio:
H.M. Edward VIII, Abdication Speech (1936)
H.M. George VI, Speech upon declaration of War (1939)
H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth, Christmas greeting to the children of England (1940)

Video:
Pathé News, The Coronation of Elizabeth II (1953)
ITV, Ready Steady Go! (1963-66)
First Edition TV, The Battle for Brixton (1981)
H.M. Elizabeth II, Statement on the Death of Princess Diana (1997) and Speech at the State Opening of Parliament (2015)




Week XV: Britain: Present and Future

Dec 7: Discussion
Dec 9: Conclusion: The future of Britain and the British


Reading:
Clarke, 401-443
The Economist, "The New Elizabethans," 12 Sep 2015


RESEARCH ESSAY DUE 9 DEC


FINAL EXAMINATION: WEDS 16 DEC, 8:30-11:30 AM


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