History | H210 2721 English History General Course 2 1:00-2:00P TR BH347 Wahrman
H210 | 2721 | Wahrman D


	Topic: The long 18th century and the road to modernity
Above section carries culture studies credit.
This course surveys cultural, social, political and economic developments
over 150 years of British history, at the period where Great Britain and the
British Empire occupied a much more central global position than today.
This period is often seen as encompassing key beginnings of western
modernity: during the long eighteenth century the British devised what they
(and many others) believed was the first modern, non-absolutist political
constitution; they experienced the first commercial and then industrial
revolution in the modern world; and they developed the first modern print
culture, including mass press and the new novel.  But not all is rosy.  On
the other hand, they also developed one of the bloodies legal codes in the
west; their elite was deeply implicated in slavery; their working classes
experienced and unprecedented deterioration in the quality of their lives;
and they did whatever they could to subjugate the rest of the world to their
needs (thus occasioning, among other things, the first modern revolution, as
the American colonies broke away).  The course will examine these various
paradoxical developments, through both lectures and small-group discussions
in class.  Weekly readings will include some historiography and some short
primary sources, which will range across a wide variety of cultural forms
and genres - such as contemporary art, novels, plays, popular satires, even
cartoons.  The readings and the small-group discussions will provide bases
for the final exam.