HIST260 - Keep Calm and Carry on British History Since 1901

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 100-level units in History or Politics and International Relations
Teaching Organisation: Nil

In 1901, Queen Victoria was finally laid to rest. During her long reign, Britain had undergone remarkable demographic, political, social and economic change. Victorian Britain had developed into the workshop of the world, a formidable naval power and the centre of a vast global empire.

In the years since, Britain, and its place in the world, have changed dramatically. This course explores the history of Britain, from 1901 down to the present day. Across the semester we will investigate the political, social, economic and cultural history of the British Isles, together with the ways in which successive generations of historians and contemporary observers have sought to understand that story. We will draw on a range of official, private, and popular sources - everything from the census to the Sex Pistols.

The aim of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of the many diverse and interconnected developments that together comprise the recent history of Britain. At the same time, we will pay regular attention to the ways in which Britain influenced, and was influenced by, the broader sweep of global history during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.