H630: Eighteenth-Century Britain

This course is a seminar on the history of Britain between 1688 and 1832 – the period more generally known as Britain’s “long eighteenth century.”  We will take a thematic approach, discussing a variety of key concepts in the historiography of eighteenth-century Britain.  This course will challenge you to develop an understanding of the Enlightenment 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 (although, taking notes is important).  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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