HIS 317L • Origins of the American Revolution 1750-1776
This course will examine the last quarter century of the first British Empire. Through lectures, readings, and discussions, students will study the culture and society of the British American colonies and of Britain itself by the mid 18th-centiry. Particular emphasis will be directed to the relationship in terms of trade, culture, and politics, between the colonies and the "mother country." Relations between colonists and Britain were never closer than in the years from 1754 0 1763, when the two fought together to defeat the French and their native American allies. Yet, the fruits of this victory also laid the seeds for imperial dicord as colonists and Britons argued over the nature of the post 1763 empire and of Americans' proper place within it. The ensuing decade was fraught with increasing tensions as the imperical troubles continues and became more intense. Ultimately, many Britons felt that the only way to settle the dispute wads thgough force of arms. But the effort to do so, goaded by the Americans to resistance and ultimately to independenc. Throughout the semester equal attention will be placed upon both sides if the Atlantic and the conflict will be place more in the context of the British Atlantic world.
Grades will be based on three exams: two exams to be held in class and one final exam to take place during the final exam period.
Bernard Bailyn, Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Students can expect to read approximately six books, a dozen scholarly articles, and numerous primary readings that will be made available via PCL electronic reserves.