History of England
(Anglia történelme) in spring 2015
lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-AME-121
description & set texts
The lectures provide a survey of the defining periods, events and main turning-points in the history of England and the United Kingdom as a whole from the beginnings to 1945. Due to the extremely condensed nature of this survey course, often painful priorities have had to be made. The following subject areas will be discussed during the lectures: 1. Outlines of Roman Britain. Anglo-Saxon England c. 450 to 1066. 2. The Norman Conquest and the early feudal system 1066-1199. 3. Magna Carta and the early parliaments 1208-1295. 4. The Hundred Years’ War: causes, history and consequences. The Great Plague, The Peasants’ Rising and Wycliffe. 5. Tudor England: Henry VII, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I. 6. Cromwell’s revolution, restoration, and the Williamite settlement (Glorious Revolution) 1642-1690. 7. Georgian Britain: the industrial, social and political revolution of the 18th century. 8. The rise of Victorian Britain: Party politics. 9. The rise and decline of Victorian Britain: The British Empire, Crises in Ireland. 10. The road to the First World War. The Great War and its consequences for the British political, social and economic scene. 11. Britain during the Inter-war years; Appeasement. 12. Great Britain and the Second World War. The Beveridge Report (1920-1945).
Compulsory reading list: Frank, Tibor and Magyarics, Tamás. Handouts for British History. A Study Guide and Workbook, Budapest: Nemzeti Tankönyvkiadó, 1994. Roberts, C and D. A History of England, 3rd edition, 2 vols, Englewood Cliffs, New York: Prentice-Hall, 1998.
Recommended: Plumb, J H et al eds. The English Heritage, St. Louis, Missouri: Forum Press, 1978. Schama, Simon. A History of Britain, 3 vols, London: BBC, 2003. Lee, Christopher, This Sceptred Isle, London: Penguin, 1998. Lee, Christopher, This Sceptred Isle. The 20th Century, London: Penguin, 2000. Recommended: Davies, Norman. The Isles, A History, London: Macmillan, 1999. Hobsbawm, E.J. Industry and Empire, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1968. Williams, Glyn and Ramsden, John. Ruling Britannia. A Political History of Britain, 1688-1988, London: Longman, 1990. Elton, Geoffrey R. England Under the Tudors, London: Methuen & Co Ltd, 1955. Feiling, Keith. A History of England. From the Coming of the English to 1918, London, Macmillan, 1950. Stenton, F M. Anglo-Saxon England, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1943. Trevelyan, George Macaulay. History of England, London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1926, 1937. Marr, Andrew. A History of Modern Britain, London: Macmillan, 2007.
requirements & assessment
The end-of-term test will be made up of 70 multiple choice questions. 90% of the questions are chosen on the basis of the course bibliography, the remaining 10% will be based on material provided only in the lectures.