The Making of the British Empire
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NHIS 3334
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
How did the British Empire become one of the largest and longest lasting empires in history? Can we trace something unique in the history and thinking of Britain which allowed it to outstrip all of its European rivals in the race to domination of much of the world in the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? In this foundations class, we look for the structural, economic, and ideological roots of the British Empire first in the dynastic struggles of the Tudors and then through to the establishment of a modern state in 1688, and Union in 1707, which made Britain a country and multinational "corporation." The class includes studies of the long Irish experience as a template of dominion, the North American colonial and native experience, the Indian subcontinent, and other area studies.
Course Open to: Degree Students