HIS 362G • Eng Social Hist-Waterloo to WWI
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Social history has been defined most simply as history without the politics. This course is about the lives of the people who lived in England in the one hundred years of peace between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the Great War. To nearly sixty-five of those years we give the name, Victorian. How were the lives of the people who lived in these years shaped by such events as industrialism, the disappearance of a predominantly rural society, and changing demographic patterns? How were Victorian values reflected in such institutions as the army, the church, the family, and schools? How did the class system influence ideas about crime, leisure, sports, and popular entertainment? How did the Great War shatter the Victorian ethos?
Two exams and a final (30/30/40%)
Thompson, THE RISE OF RESPECTABLE SOCIETY Elizabeth Gaskell, MARY BARTON Charles Dickens, OLIVER TWIST Thomas Hughes, TOM BROWNS SCHOOLDAYS