Introduction to the British Isles, 1400-1800 (3) Survey of the history and cultures of the British Isles from 1400 to 1800.
HIST 134 Introduction to the British Isles, 1400-1800 (3)
This history course, which fulfills the Humanities requirement in General Education (GH) or the International Cultures (IL) requirement, provides an introduction to the history of the British Isles from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, focusing on the diversity of English, Welsh, Scots, and Irish cultures and customs, their influence on early forms of nationalism in the British Isles, and their importance in the formation of the modern British nation-state. Using a wide range of primary sources, including the work of prominent British writers, the course introduces basic concepts of historical method, while exploring the process whereby an English empire came to govern these four major “peoples” of the British Isles. Students will be encouraged to consider the dynamism of this process, involving complex interrelationships rather than the simple supremacy of one ethnic group over another. The relationships between English and Scots protestants, the importance of translating the Book of Common Prayer from English to Welsh, the influence of Irish-born families of English descent on the governance of early modern Ireland, were all key elements in the emergence of an empire under the authority of an English dynastic state whose practical control over the territories it claimed to govern often remained quite limited.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.