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HIS 07 — British Revolutions: From the English Reformation to Brexit

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Dec 5
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 9
Units: 2
Tuition: $495
Instructor(s): Bruce Elliott
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on October 17 and November 28
7:00—9:05 pm
Sep 26—Dec 5
9 weeks
Drop By
Oct 9
2 Units
Bruce Elliott
Please Note: No class on October 17 and November 28
For all its vaunted antiquity and heritage, Great Britain was historically the most precocious of nations. Able to chart its own course, insular Britain led the way into the modern era, in many areas fostering changes so profound as to be considered revolutionary. In politics, mounting conflict between Crown and Parliament led to civil war and the world’s first governing legislature. In economics, this small country leveraged the Industrial Revolution into the formation of history’s largest empire. In religion, the Church of England forged the first compromise between Protestantism and Catholicism. Culturally, Britons broke new ground in theater (Shakespeare) with the Elizabethan Renaissance, in science (Newton) with the British Enlightenment, and in literature (Dickens) with the Romantic movement. Sweeping through five centuries of British history, this course will lend background to the key revolutionary stages, from Henry VIII’s break with Rome to the Brexit vote for secession from the European Union. Along the way, we will highlight leading characters—the kings, queens, and knaves—who helped set the tone for their times, from Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, to Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill. As we provide context for Britain’s most important historical moments, class lectures will be illustrated by extensive visuals.

Bruce Elliott, Independent Scholar

Bruce Elliott teaches courses in cultural history for Stanford Continuing Studies and lifelong-learning programs at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State, and Dominican University. Though his course subjects range broadly across European history, British Studies represents a particular enthusiasm, as this was the field in which Elliott conducted his dissertation research. He received a PhD in history from UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Rebecca Fraser, The Story of Britain: A Narrative History (ISBN 9780393329025)