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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2009

HIS 334J • HISTORY OF ENGLAND, 1688-1832

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39915 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
GAR 0.128

Course Description

This lecture course surveys the political, social, economic, and intellectual history of England (and, after the Union with Scotland in 1707, Great Britain) from the fall of the Commonwealth in 1660 to the Great Reform Act of 1832. Its focus is on the transformation of England/Britain from an agrarian realm governed by an absolute monarchy and an intolerant Church into a commercial and manufacturing society characterized by a vibrant public sphere, a dynamic economy, parliamentary rule, and unparalleled degrees of civil and religious liberty. Over the course of this period, England/Britain emerged as a world power overseeing a vast commercial and territorial empire stretching across four continents. As such, the lectures place English/British history firmly within its European and global contexts. The major topics covered include the rise of capitalism; Stuart royal absolutism; the Glorious Revolution of 1688/89 and the consolidation of parliamentary government; the Financial Revolution and the fiscal-military state; the British Enlightenment, the public sphere, and civil society; commercialization, urbanization, and consumer society; overseas expansion and imperial transformation; party politics, patriotism, and extra-parliamentary radicalism; the discourse of political economy; the American Revolution and the rise of a territorial empire in South Asia; movements for parliamentary reform; the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars; the growth of political radicalism and conservatism; and the onset of the Industrial Revolution.

Upper-division standing required.

Grading Policy

Grades are based on two short papers (5-7 pp.) (60%) and a final exam (40%).


1. Frank O'Gorman, The Long Eighteenth Century: British Political and Social History, 1688-1832 2. Paul Langford, ed., The Eighteenth Century, 1688-1815 (Short Oxford History of the British Isles) 3. Steven C. A. Pincus, Englands Glorious Revolution, 1688-89: A Brief History with Documents 4. John Locke, The Second Treatise of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration 5. Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders 6. Voltaire, Letters on England 7. Frederick A. Pottle, ed., Boswells London Journal, 1762-1763 8. Adam Ferguson, An Essay on the History of Civil Society 9. Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker 10. Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations 11. Marilyn Butler, ed., Burke, Paine, Godwin, and the Revolution Controversy (Cambridge English Prose Texts)


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