2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
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2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

HIST 301 - Britain and Blood: British History from Brexit to Anne Boyle

Credits: Three (3)
What does it mean to have a national identity? Just as Americans argue over what it means to be American, similar debates over identity rage in Britain - a debate which has endured for centuries. In 1701, the Englishman Daniel Defoe wrote in a scathing satire, “Thus from a mixture of all kinds began /That het’rogeneous thing, an Englishman / In eager rapes, and furious lust begot /Betwixt a painted Britain and a Scot.”

So what does it mean to be a “Briton”? This course examines English, Irish, Scottish & Welsh histories from the reign of the Tudors through the end of the 20th century. How was British identity shaped by historically shifting notions of race, class, gender, and religion? We’ll explore these and other questions in the lives of British slaves, pirates, playwrights, & politicians in an attempt to understand what Britain’s multicultural past can teach us about our own society today. [M; W; C, I]
General Education Area: Social Science