In 18th c Britain democracy was feared, protest was suppressed, religious intolerance prevailed. Over the next two hundred years, a modern, democratic, multicultural Britain emerged. This course will examine the key social, economic and political influences which have shaped Britain in the 21stc both as a nation state and as an international power.
This course was written by Annette Mayer who specialises in nineteenth and twentieth century British history. Annette is the author of three online courses for OUDCE. Listen to her talking about the course:
From the age of the Enlightenment and the American and French revolutions, Britain embarked on a steady process of political change and reform, during which aristocratic rule was challenged and fears of democracy overcome. The rise of the middle classes, the emergence of a working-class party, demands for women's suffrage, all affected the way in which constitutional government evolved in Britain. Over the same period of time Britain was transformed both economically and socially. The economy was revolutionised by industrialisation, enabling Britain to consolidate her position as a world power. Yet this status was short-lived as 20thc Britain came to terms with loss of international prestige and colonial authority. At the same time, Britain was transformed from being a country in which one religion prevailed and civil rights were denied to many, to being a vibrant, multicultural nation in which diversity of race and religious beliefs are celebrated. This course will introduce students to an understanding of the main factors which helped to create modern Britain. There will be regular exercises designed to develop a range of historical skills which will included evaluation of historical sources, the understanding of historical concepts, exploring debates and appreciating the significance of historical theories.
This course is compulsory for all Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education students who have chosen to major in history. The course is particularly designed to introduce students to the methodology of studying history. There will be regular exercises aimed at developing a range of historical skills which will include evaluation of historical sources, enhancing understanding of historical concepts, exploring debates and appreciating the significance of historical theories.
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