HISTORY 321 - Culture and Politics in Britain Since 1945
Section: 001 Britain Since 1945: Film, Fiction and Autobiography
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will examine Britain's history after World War II, with particular attention to finding ways to understanding recent events including the changing constitutional situation, the "Brexit" referendum, and contemporary party politics and culture. We will look at a longer history which includes the Cold War, the 1960s, the Conservative resurgence of the late 1970s and the era of Thatcherism as well as the Blair/Brown years into more recent history. In the present time of rapid change and indeed crisis, we will try to build a deeper understanding of how we got here.

Special attention will be paid to:

  • the diverse experiences of war;
  • the development of a "welfare state" and subsequent challenges thereto;
  • Britain's relationship to empire, commonwealth, Europe, and the world;
  • popular movements of protest and change;
  • the influence of American culture on Britain;
  • demographic diversity and change;
  • ongoing political and cultural debates about class, education, the media, sexuality and gender roles,
    In addition, we will look at the circumstances and effects of challenges to Britishness, from Northern Ireland to contemporary Scotland.

    Course material will predominantly consist of fiction, film, and memoirs, along with some analytical writings, in order to more fully explore the complexity of history as it is understood by participants and represented in a variety of forms.

    Course Requirements:

    A series of short papers and extensive classroom discussion

    Intended Audience:

    History majors and minors of all kinds are welcome, but in addition, this course may appeal to students in literature, film, art and art history, and politics and international studies. There are no prerequisites or assumed background knowledge.

    Class Format:

    Mini-lecture and discussion

  • HISTORY 321 - Culture and Politics in Britain Since 1945
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    ISBN: 0241207010
    Autumn, Author: Smith, Ali (1962-....)., Publisher: Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books 2016
    ISBN: 9780066214436
    Bad blood, Author: Sage, Lorna., Publisher: Morrow 2000
    ISBN: 9780399153006
    Family romance : a love story, Author: Lanchester, John., Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons 2007
    ISBN: 9781573226882
    Fever pitch, Author: Hornby, Nick., Publisher: Riverhead Books 1998
    ISBN: 1594205418
    Funny girl : a novel, Author: Hornby, Nick,
    Other Textbook Editions OK.
    ISBN: 9780312424671
    Small island, Author: Levy, Andrea, 1956-, Publisher: Picador 2005
    Other Textbook Editions OK.
    ISBN: 9780375413834
    The Rotters' Club, Author: Coe, Jonathan., Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf 2002
    Other Textbook Editions OK.
    ISBN: 0345497511
    The city & the city, Author: Mie?ville, China., Publisher: Del Rey Ballantine Books 2009
    ISBN: 9780375501852
    White teeth : a novel, Author: Smith, Zadie., Publisher: Random House 2000
    Other Textbook Editions OK.
    ISBN: 0141028548
    And the land lay still, Author: Robertson, James, 1958-, Publisher: Penguin 2011
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