Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
1540 Jefferson Park AveCharlottesville, Virginia 22903
Age of Emergency: Living with Violence at the End of Empire
Source: American Council of Learned Societies
August 25, 2021 – May 31, 2022
This lecture course surveys the history of Britain from the Glorious Revolution to our own time. The making and remaking of this nation state over three hundred years will be shown in its connections with the history of Europe, and the wider story of the making of the modern world.
This course will focus primarily on the 'second' empire in Asia and Africa, although the first empire in the Americas will be our first topic. Topics covered include the slave plantations in the West Indies, the American Revolution, the rise of the British East India Company and its control of India, and the Scramble for Africa. Special emphasis will be placed on the environmental history of our points of debarkation.
Studies historical approaches, techniques, and methodologies introduced through written exercises and intensive class discussion. Normally taken during the third year. Prerequisite: Open only to students admitted to the Distinguished Majors Program.
Analyzes problems in historical research. Preparation and discussion of fourth-year honors theses. Normally taken during the fourth year. Intended for students who will be in residence during their entire fourth year. Prerequisite: Open only to students admitted to the Distinguished Majors Program.
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
This graduate-level tutorial introduces the major themes, debates, and methods of historical writing on the British Empire from around 1750. It is intended particularly, though not exclusively, as field preparation for the general examination. Topics include the uses of expert knowledge, the peculiarities of settler colonialism, the lure of liberalism as imperial ideology, and the role of violence.
This tutorial introduces the major themes, debates, and methods of historical writing on modern Britain. It is intended particularly, though not exclusively, as field preparation for the general examination. Topics include the domestic ramifications of war and empire, the expanding reach of the state and the market, the adaptability of tradition, the contradictions of liberalism, and the meanings of modernity.
This graduate tutorial surveys the historiography of decolonization in the twentieth century with an emphasis on European empires. The course is especially designed for students preparing a field for comprehensive exams but is open to others.
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of the dissertation director.