MR. HOWARD B. FEDRICK
OVERVIEW and OBJECTIVES of the COURSE
From some of the earliest periods of recorded history there has been a place in those records for the story of Great
Britain and its people. Through time the history of the people of the "tight, little island" has been closely interwoven
in the story of all nations and peoples. Institutions of government as well as concepts of law and jurisprudence;
archetypal forms of literature and classic art, architecture, and music; social conventions as well as scientific
principles; industrial advancements and modern technologies as well as socio-economic philosophies - all of these
and more are a part of the history and legacy of Great Britain. It is a story of queens and kings, commoners and
colonials. It is a story whose geography encompasses Glasgow, Belfast, and London as well as Cardiff and Dover
and beyond "the isles" to Boston, Calcutta, and Hong Kong.
Our task is to explore that rich and varied story of Britain from the time of George II to the era of Lady Thatcher
and Tony Blair. The examination of political, economic, social, and cultural forces will
characterize our analysis and critique. The principal areas of our study: the development of a stable and responsive
governmental structure; the establishment of the world's first truly industrial economy; the growth of British empire
and world power; the unique character of the Victorian era; the emergence of the welfare state in the 20th century;
the end of empire and the chaotic character of the contemporary period.
William B. Willcox and Walter L. Arnstein, The Age Of Aristocracy, 1688-1830. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath,
2002. Eighth Edition. (referred to below as A of A)
Walter L. Arnstein,Britain Yesterday and Today, 1830 to the Present. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 2002.
Eighth Edition. (referred to below as BYT)
SUPPLEMENTAL READING ASSIGNMENTS
Various readings will be assigned during the semester to complement the text and lecture. These readings will be
distributed in class. They are to be completed PRIOR to discussion of the material in class lectures.
SUPPLEMENTAL INTERNET RESOURCES
To assist in gathering a knowledge and understanding of many issues in the text as well as in classroom discussions
and as an adjunct to your own research I have posted a Modern Britain Website which you might wish to access and use
as is appropriate. Access: MODERN BRITAIN 1688-2000 (www.kings.edu/hbfedric/britweb.html)
WRITTEN RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS
Two (2) written research papers will be assigned. Guidelines for each assignment will be distributed as appropriate.
Exploration of various research resources including the library and the Internet will be encouraged in the completion
of these assignments. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in applying the writing and critical
thinking developed in CORE 110 and CORE 100. All students will be expected to submit papers in typed or word
processed form. Handwritten work will NOT be accepted.
Research assignments submitted more than a week after the deadline date without prior approval - highest grade
possible "C". Failure to submit any and all work on or before the last class day - automatic grade "F" on the work.
CONTEMPORARY SUBJECTS RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT AND REPORT
After the mid-semester a research assignment will be made on a subject or subjects of contemporary significance.
Guidelines will be distributed as appropriate. The nature of the assignment will be a combination of written and oral
There will be three (3) written tests given during the semester including the final examination. The first two tests will
be announced in class at least ten (10) days in advance. The third (final) examination will be given according to the
Registrar's examination schedule.
The tests will be based on the lectures and assigned reading materials. The general structure of the tests will be
essay. Each test will be non-comprehensive and will review the most recent materials covered.
CLASSROOM and WEB CT DISCUSSION LIST PARTICIPATION
Regular participation - asking or responding to questions, volunteering one's own ideas or arguments, sharing
evidence - is expected from each student.
A WEB CT adjunct to this course has been established and student participation is expected in that arena of activity.
Participation in class and online will be weighed in the overall semester grade evaluation as a growth/development factor.
You and I are responsible adults. We are expected to attend classroom lectures/discussions on a regular basis. The rules of the
College regarding class attendance will be followed strictly. You are responsible for all materials discussed in lectures and classroom
discussions. MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE ABSENCE of THREE (3) - excused OR unexcused. Three consecutive
absences or a pattern of absence over a three week period will initiate an Excessive Absence Report to the Associate Vice-President
for Student Affairs.
It is to be correctly assumed that it will be impossible to receive a grade which is higher than the
percentage of days attended without significant reasons. Absence on the day of a scheduled test will not be excused
unless a serious reason has been explained to me (in advance, if possible) and arrangements for a make-up test are
made within five (5) class days of the scheduled test. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to arrange the make-up with
me. It should NOT be presumed that absence on a test day or an oral presentation day will automatically permit a re-test.
SEMESTER GRADE EVALUATION
The determination of the final semester grade will be based on the successful completion of all requirements for the
course using numerical values as follows:
Tests: Test I, II, III - 60% total (20% each)
Written Research Assignments - 30% total (15% each)
Contemporary Subjects Research Assignment - 10%
The professor's grading scale to be used is as follows:
A+ = 98 A = 95 A- = 92
B+ = 88 B = 85   B- = 82
C+ = 78 C = 75 C- = 72
D+ = 68 D = 65   F = 59
OFFICE CONTACT / OFFICE HOURS
Effective teaching and excellence in learning is often best achieved in a combination of the classroom and outside the classroom.
To that end be advised of the following:
- Personal consultations are welcome and encouraged. Submission of "rough drafts" of writing assignments is highly desirable as is consultation regarding research for writing assignments and/or test reviews.
- Office: Hafey-Marian Hall, Room 310
- Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon
Friday 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Other times may be arranged by mutually convenient appointment.
- Contact may also be made by phone/voice mail (Ext. 5744) Messages may be left with the Faculty Assistants (Ext.5702)
Or by E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
COURSE TOPICAL OUTLINE: General Suggested Text Readings (subject to change by instructor)
- The English People in the 18th Century: Chapter 3, A of A
- The Social Hierarchy: A Sense of Place
- The Landed Classes, The Nouveau Riche, and The Poor: How Did They Live?
- An Age of Change and Stability 1714-1760: Chapter 4, A of A
- Hanoverian England
- Local and National Government
- Politics and Empire: The Reigns of George II and George III: Chapter 5 (pp.119-131) & Chapters 7 & 8, A of A
- George III: An "English" King
- The American Colonial Revolution: Economic and Constitutional Considerations
- Pitt the Younger and the Democratic Movement (refer to Chapter 10, A of A: pp.218-229)
- Britain Goes To Work: Chapter 9, A of A
- More Potatoes; More People
- The Industrial Revolution: From Cottages to Factories
- Social and Cultural Change
- Conflict: External and Internal: Chapters 11, 12, & 13, A of A
- The French Revolution and The Napoleonic Wars
- The War of 1812
- The Reform Act of 1832 Pages 316 - 325, A of A Chapters 1, 2, & 3, BYT
- Chartism and the Anti-Corn Law League
- The Age of Victoria: Economic and Social Issues: Chapter 5, BYT
- Victoria of Hanover and Albert of Saxe-Coburg
- The Great Exhibition of 1851
- The Cult of Responsibility and Respectability: "I Will Be Good"
- City Life and the Working Poor
- The Age of Victoria: Political Issues after 1830
- The Reform Act of 1832 Chapters 1, 2, & 3, BYT
- Chartism and the Anti-Corn Law League
- The Liberal Party Chapters 7 & 8, BYT
- The Reform Bills of 1867 and 1884
- Disraeli and Gladstone
- The Age of Victoria: "The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire": Chapters 6 & 10, BYT
- The Self-Governing Dominions
- India (**refer also to Chapter 10, A of A, pp.223-228)
- The Scramble for Africa and the "New" Imperialism
- "Orientalism" vs "Ornamentalism"
- Edwardian England: A Time of Crisis: Chapter 12, BYT
- Britain, World War I, and The House of Windsor: Chapters 13 & 14, BYT
- The Triple Entente
- Total War: the Home Front
- The Irish Question 1916-1922
- Post War Britain 1918-1939: Chapters 15 & 16, BYT
- Economic Challenges
- The Labour Party
- "The Remains of the Day"
- Britain and World War II: Chapters 17, 18, & 19, BYT
- Rise of Totalitarianism and Appeasement
- The Age of Churchill at Home and Abroad
- Atlee, Austerity, and The Welfare State
- Contemporary Britain: Chapters 20, 21, & 22, BYT
- The Collapse of Empire
- "The Empire Comes to England"
- "My Beautiful Laundrette": The Sixties and Seventies
- The Era of Lady Thatcher
- Tony Blair and The "Reform" of the Welfare State
Howard B. Fedrick
Last Updated January 5, 2003