British History course announcements



 Sep 16, 2019



History of Britain and history of the United States have been joined together in one course (and one semester!). Since it used to be two separate courses and also because I think they are two separate subjects the online content for this course is divided into two separate websites. Here're the links to both histories:


1. History of Great Britain

2. History of the United States


We will make our way through all topics in British and American history in the following fashion. The first SIX weeks will be devoted to the history of Britain. This will be followed by TEST I in week 7 or 8 covering all the topics in British history. Then, the remaining SIX weeks of the semester will focus on American history. After that I'm going to give TEST II on American history covering all the topics in the history of that country. The syllabi (i. e. specific topics to be revised) are to be found here: British history syllabus and here: US history syllabus. Please note that there are 12 topics to be covered in each country's history. I'll do my best to cover as many topics in my lectures as possible. The number seminars devoted to history of Britain, however, is only 6 and the same applies to American history. That means that we'll be doing some topics in seminars, while the rest of them will have to be studied on your own, as self-study. Please check the Seminar preparation sections to see what topics are to be covered IN CLASS and what needs to be revised as SEFL-STUDY. You're also advised to keep your eye on this page (and then on the US History Announcement after we've switched to U.S. history) to be informed of any important announcements, including the upcomming taste dates, cancelled classes, etc.



Oct 22, 2019

After some confusion – to which I contributed myself, it’s time set the matters straight about  our mid-semester test. First of all, there’s going to be NO TEST this Thursday, October the 24th. Neither will there be one next week (October the 31st). I’m sorry about the confusion.



Of course, this is a joint British-American history course, which means that the mid-semester test (or TEST I) covers the whole of the history of Britain. TEST II (taken during the examination period) will cover the whole of American history. To finish off Britain’s history, we’ll cover three more topics: the Industrial Revolution (lecture), The Age of Liberalism (seminar) and the 20th century—WWI and interwar years (another seminar).



Finally, I’d like to bring all the six groups up-to-date so that we all do the same thing every week. This Thursday I’ll be lecturing on the Industrial Revolution. Next week’s seminars will be all devoted to The Age of Liberalism (Shama’s video on Queen Victoria—prepare the vocabulary). Probably no lecture on October the 31st (if the Dean’s leave is confirmed) . All seminars during the first week in November will concenrate on the 20th century and the interwar period (we’ll be looking at period photographs). November the 7th—test time!