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HIST 256 B - Britain and World Since 1688

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Historical survey of the British Isles and the British Empire since the late seventeenth century.

Special Instructions:

Britain is sometimes referred to as the disunited kingdom rather than the United Kingdom because of the nationalist movement in Scotland, sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, and most recently, Brexit. This is by no means a new situation, and yet Britain came to control one quarter of the world-s land and people. This class will cover the rise of the British nation alongside the growth of a global empire and the close, yet contentious relationship between the two. We will explore the British nation and empire through the themes of race, law, and mobility. Covering the period from the Glorious Revolution to Brexit, we will examine a variety of topics, including: the rise of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean empires, slavery, the development of global trade networks, the American and French Revolutions, the Victorian Age, World War I and II, decolonization, and the rise of the liberal state.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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