History of Great Britain & the USA syllabus, winter term 2008

Teacher Requalifying Programme

Department of English & American Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Matej Bel University

SESSION

TOPIC

 (# classes)

 
  HISTORY OF GREAT BRITAIN

1

Prehistoric Britain (– 43 A.D.)

 (4 classes)

An Island People. Neolithic Farmers. Megalithic Monuments.
  Roman Britain (43 A.D. – 410)
  Caesar’s invasions. The Roman province. Romanization of Britain.
  The Anglo-Saxon period (440-1066)
  The Saxons, Angles and Jutes.  The House of Wessex.  The Normans.
  The Early Middle Ages (1066-1307)
  The Norman Conquest and the Rise of a Medieval State. Magna Carta and the Decline of Feudal Rule. The beginnings of Parliament.

2

The Late Middle Ages (1290-1485)
 (4 classes) The Hundred Years’ War (1337 – 1453). The Peasants’ Revolt. The Wars of the Roses (1455 – 1485).
  The Tudor Age (1485-1603)
  Towards a Nation State.  The English Reformation.  The New Foreign Policy and the Building of Britain’s Trade Empire.
  The Stuarts (1603-1688)
  Parliament Against the Crown.  The English Revolution (1642 – 1649). The Restoration of Monarchy. The Glorious Revolution and Constitutional Monarchy.
  The Eighteen Century (1688-1789)
  A Century of Conflicts.  The Era of Robert Walpole. The American Revolution.  Pitt, Reform and Revolution. Napoleonic Wars.

3

The Age of Industrial Revolution

 (4 classes)

The Origins of Industrial Revolution.  Population Growth and Urbanisation. The Reforms of the 1830s.
  The Age of Liberalism (1851-1914)
  Mid-Victorian Prosperity.  The Gladstone-Disraeli Rivalry. The Late Victorian Empire. Women’s Suffrage.
  TEST I (on topics 1 – 10, British History)
  HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

4

Colonial Period (1606 – 1774)
 (4 classes) Amerindians. First European explorers. Early settlements. Virginia and New England. The Thirteen colonies. The French and Indian War (1756 -1763)
  Towards Independence (1775 -1783)
  The Origins of Revolution. Britain's policy towards the colonies. The Continental Congress. Declaration of Independence.
  The Formation of a National Government (1777 -1791)
  The Articles of Confederation. The lack of central power. Constitutional Convention. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Federalists and Republicans.
  Westward Expansion: Manifest Destiny
  The Louisiana Purchase. The War of 1812. The Monroe Doctrine. The Missouri Compromise. Indian Removal.

5

The Civil War and Reconstruction (1861 - 1877)

 (4 classes)

Sectionalism: North and South. Slavery issue: F. Douglas, the Underground Railway and Abolitionists. A. Lincoln. Civil War. Reconstruction.
  Years of Growth: American Empire
  The Indian Wars and the American West. Industry and technology. Robber Barons. Immigration. The Spanish - American War.
  Discontent and Reform
  The Robber Barons. The farmers and populism. Labour movement. Reformers and progressives. T. Roosevelt. Jim Crow laws.
  War and Prosperity (1917 - 1929)
  World War I. Wilson's Fourteen Points. The Roaring twenties. Prohibition. The Suffragists. Big business.

6

Depression and the New Deal (1929 -1941)
 (4 classes) Crash and depression. F. D. Roosevelt and the policy of New Deal. Isolationism and the outside world.
  From Isolationism to Hiroshima: World War II.
  End of neutrality. War in the Pacific. War in Europe. The birth of Atomic age: Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The post-war settlement.
  TEST II (on topics 1 – 10, History of the United States)