During the nineteenth century, Britain emerged as the world's premier imperial, commercial, and maritime superpower. In the twentieth century, Britain transformed into an important – but secondary – nation-state in a post-industrial, post-Cold War world. It experienced the transformative upheavals of the post-industrial revolution, two devastating world wars, and the loss of empire, yet it re-emerged as an important part of the European Union and with a multi-ethnic and multi-faith society that is a nodal point in the global economic order. This course introduces students to the main events, trends, themes, and debates in British history during these years.
EXAMPLE CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (2-4 PER COURSE)
- National Portrait Gallery
- Palace of Westminster
- Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum