History of England to 1688
This course surveys the history of England, Britain, and the British Empire up to the 18th century. We shall examine politics in the wake of the Norman Conquest in 1066 and at life in the later Middle Ages; the Reformation and the catastrophic civil wars of the mid-17th century; and the extension of England as it became Great Britain and a global empire. We will thus be concerned not only with England, but with its place in Europe and the world. Students will write some out-of-class essays and a take-home final exam. Readings may include: Robert Bartlett, The Hanged Man: A Story of Miracle, Memory, and Colonialism in the Middle Ages; Eamon Duffy, The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village; Alison Games, The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Exploration, 1560-1660; and Mark Kishlansky, A Monarchy Transformed: England, 1603-1714.