B421: Industrial Revolution and Class Consciousness

This course is a seminar on the Industrial Revolution in Britain.  We will cover the general chronology of the period in the first few lectures.  Then, we will take a thematic approach, discussing politics, philosophy, gender, class, and slavery.  This course will challenge you to develop an understanding of the Industrial Revolution through close readings of primary documents and historiographical analyses of secondary sources.  Our daily meetings consist of discussion and debate rather than lecture.  This requires you to approach this course as a cooperative educational project rather than a lecture-driven, note-taking exercise.  Teams of students will lead daily conversations, and I will guide your interpretations and conclusions.  Therefore, your success in this course relies on your daily preparation and participation.

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