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COURSE NUMBER: HIST 347
COURSE TITLE: Britain in the 18th Century
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Richard W. Vaudry, Ph.D.
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course seeks to provide an introduction to British history in the long eighteenth century. It will consist of a combination of lectures by the instructor and seminar discussions based on readings in the most recent historical literature. While the primary focus is on English history, there will be some consideration of Ireland, Scotland and the 18th century Empire.

Prerequisites: HIST 202 or 204
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Linda Colley,  Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837, revised edition, Yale University Press, 2009. 
  • Paul Langford, Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2000.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Analytical review of Colley's Britons and Langford's Eighteenth Century Britain (1000-1200 words)25%
Essay (3000 words)40%
Final Examination35%
100%
LECTURE OUTLINE:
  • Brief overview of 17th century Britain
  • Restoration and Revolution
  • The Structure of English Society
  • Politics: High and Low
  • Did Women participate in l8th century Politics?
  • Coffee and Coffee Houses
  • Consumer Revolution
  • Industrialization
  • Religion
  • Empire (including India, the West Indies, and the 13 colonies)
  • Loss of the American Colonies
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade and British Abolition
  • War, Government and Society
  • Ireland and Scotland
  • Britain and the French Revolution
  • Napoleon


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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