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COURSE NUMBER: HIST 348
COURSE TITLE: Victorian Britain and Empire
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Richard Vaudry
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of British domestic and foreign issues during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Topics for consideration include Victorian thought and society; the era of Gladstone and Disraeli; the Irish problems; and the nature of the Church of England and the rise of evangelicalism.

Prerequisites: HIST 202 or 204
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  •  Niall Ferguson, Empire, New York: Basic Books, 2002.
  • Ashley Jackson, The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.)
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Illustrated Essay (2500-3000 words)35%
Comparative Review of  Ferguson, Empire and Jackson, The British Empire (2000 words)
30%
Attendance and Participation5%
Final Examination 30%
100%
COURSE TOPICS:
  • The War against Napoleon
  • Political Radicalism in the 1810s and 1820s
  • Political and Constitutional Reform
  • Britain and China in the l9th Century
  • Peel
  • Chartism
  • Evangelicalism
  • Romanticism 
  • Oxford Movement
  • Irish Famine
  • Thomas Chalmers and the Disruption of the Scottish Kirk
  • Michael Sadler, Lord Shaftesbury and Factory Reform
  • Life in Victorian London
  • Industry and Economy
  • Shopping and Consumer Society
  • Science, Natural History and Medicine
  • Religion and Education
  • Palmerston
  • India
  • Sport. Leisure and Victorian Culture
  • Women and Children in l9th century Britain
  • Disraeli and Gladstone
  • Ireland
  • Victoria and Victorianism
  • Class in Victorian Britain
  • The Victorians and Africa
  • Late Victorian Politics


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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