Examination of the British Empire, tracing various historical themes as regions of world fell under British control, with particular attention to Ireland, India, and sub-Saharan Africa (especially South Africa) in the 17th Century-20th Century.
For much of the nineteenth century, Great Britain was indisputably the world’s greatest power—a highly industrialized nation, a hub of global trade and finance, and the ruler of the most expansive global empire. The late nineteenth century is often referred to as “Pax Britannica,” a period of time when British global supremacy was largely unchallenged. This course examines the British Empire during period from the 1600s through the 1900s. The History Department proposes this course to expand its course offerings in global history and the long-term processes of nationalism and globalization. It would represent a course in which students would explore the impact of nationalism, militarization, and imperialism in a period of profound global transformation. The department would expect to offer HIST 323 on a regular basis to address student demand and curricular needs. The department recently hired a full-time faculty member who has a specialization in this topic.
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