Module Code MO2008

Module Title

Scotland, Britain and Empire, c.1500-2000


Module Description

This module provides an introduction to how and why the British nation state evolved from the separate kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland and how and why it has survived over the last three centuries. Such a project involves an analysis of the shifting relations between the component parts of the British Isles, and their overseas imperial activities, between 1500 - 2000. The core of the module is political history, broadly defined, and to facilitate more in-depth analysis of the range of factors impacting on political developments, the period is divided into four thematically coherent eras: Reformations and the Making of Britain 1500-1660; The First British Empire: the early modern Atlantic World, 1660-1790; Identity, Inclusion and Diversity: Imperial Britain, 1790-1918; The Decline and Fall of Empire: Britain in the Twentieth Century.

   

List of Lecture Titles

1. Introduction and Enrolment
2. Britain in 1500: Kingdoms, States and Nations
3. The British Reformations
4. James VI and the Union of Crowns
5. Charles I and the Outbreak of the War in the Three Kingdoms
6. Confederal and Incorporating Unions
7. Restoration and Revolution
8. Seventeenth-Century Imperial Projects
9. The Union of 1707: Bought and Sold for English Gold?
10. The Hanoverian Succession
11. The Jacobites: Riot and Rebellion
12. Eighteenth-Century Political Culture
13. Eighteenth-Century Religious Culture: Establishment and Dissent
14. British Enlightenments
15. Settling British America
16. Creating a British Atlantic World
17. Imperial Crisis: Revolution and the Demise of the British Atlantic
18. Industry and Empire: Making Britain Great
19. The Rights of Man: The Struggles for Democracy 1780-1832
20. Correcting Abuses: The Electoral System 1867-1918
21. Managing the Reformed Franchise: Conservatives and Liberals
22. The 'Unwashed' in Politics: the Challenge of Labour, 1880-1914
 23. Suffragettes and Suffragists: Women and the Vote
24. The Politics of Religion: Emancipation, Disruption and Disestablishment
25. The Civilising Mission: Home and Abroad
26. Imperial Expansion in the 19th and 20th Centuries: the White Man's Burden?
27. Imperial Expansion in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Scramble for Africa 
28. The New Political Order 1918-1939: a two horse race?
29. The Second World War and Social Change: Welfare and Citizenship?
30. Tweedledee v. Tweedledum: the Politics of Consensus 1950-1973
31. The Governing Consensus and the Thatcherite Revolt
32. 'Winds of Change': Retreat from Empire
33. The Break Up of Britain: Devolution and Scottish Nationalism

   

List of Tutorial Topics

1. Introductory tutorial
2. British Reformations
3. Wars of the Three Kingdoms
4. Union and Enlightenment
5. Essay consultations with your tutor
6. Britain's Atlantic World: Settlement, Revolution and Empire
7. Electoral Reform and the Rise of Party
8. Imperial Expansion and Retreat
9. War and Welfare
10. Devolution and Nationalism

   

Recommended Reading

SECTION A: Reformations and the Making of Britain 1500-1660
B. Bradshaw and J. Morrill (eds.), The British Problem c.1534–1707. State formation in the Atlantic
Archipelago (1996)
P. Collinson (ed.), The Sixteenth Century, 1485-1603 (2002)
D.L. Smith, A History of the Modern British Isles, 1603-1707: The Double Crown (1998)

SECTION B: The First British Empire: the Early Modern Atlantic World 1660-1790
J. Wormald (ed.), The Seventeenth Century (2008)
P. Langford (ed.), The Eighteenth Century (2002)
D.L. Smith, A History of the Modern British Isles, 1603-1707: The Double Crown (1998)

SECTION C: Identity, Inclusion and Diversity: Imperial Britain, 1790-1918
P. Langford (ed.), The Eighteenth Century (2002)
C. Matthew (ed.), The Nineteenth Century (2000)
A. Porter (ed.) The Oxford History of the British Empire: vol. 3, The Nineteenth Century
(1999)

SECTION D: The Decline and Fall of Empire: Britain in the 20th Century
K. Robbins (ed.), The British Isles 1901-1951 (2002)
K. Burk (ed.), The British Isles since 1945 (2003)




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