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Core Course: Debates in British History

Convenors: Dr Ben Griffin, Dr Helen McCarthy and Dr Andrew Thompson

Michaelmas Term, two-hour seminar per week over eight weeks
Assessment: 3–4,000 word essay (10% of the overall mark)

The core course is designed to introduce students to some of the major historiographical questions that have shaped the study of modern British history. Each class will invite you to think about important themes, classic texts, and the current state of the field. The course will present you with a range of different methods and approaches to studying the past, and will help you to contextualise your own specialist research in broader historiographical contexts. A subject specialist will lead each seminar, and students will be expected to read the assigned texts and contribute actively to the seminar discussions.


 Topics for 2018-19

  • The making and unmaking of the British union since c. 1700
  • The First Industrial Nation
  • Liberalism and its Limits
  • The rise and fall of 'separate spheres'
  • Political participation and the social order in 20th century Britain
  • The Impact of Empire
  • Welfare and warfare in twentieth-century Britain

This information is provided for illustrative purposes only.