Summer 2022 - HIST 407 D100
Problems in Modern British History (4)
Class Number: 2428
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
May 10 – Aug 8, 2022: Fri, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
1 778 782-8927
Prerequisites:45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: one or more of HIST 215, 225, 314.
Examines select problems in the social, cultural, and political history of modern Britain. Content may vary from offering to offering: see course outline for further information. HIST 407 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught.
Using the library’s subscription to Mass Observation Online, this research seminar examines ordinary lives in the British Isles from 1938 to 1945. These years of war, rationing and state intervention, had, and still have, an enormous impact upon modern Britain. Mass-Observation was created in 1937 with the aim of documenting popular beliefs and activities. Hundreds of volunteer observers were recruited and asked to keep written reports on their daily lives and to respond to specific questions about a range of topics. When Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, these volunteer observers were instructed to keep ‘war diaries’ and these form the heart of the Mass-Observation archive. The focus of the seminar will be on the social history of wartime lives during these years of crisis and change. Our central question is how can a detailed examination of one life illuminate the social history of a past society.
- Directive Report (1500 words) 20%
- Diary Report (1800 words) 20%
- Research Essay (3500 words) 40%
- Seminar Participation 20%
If you wish to take this seminar but are unable to participate in person, you should email Professor Craig (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your options. Depending on enrolment, it MAY be possible to work out an accommodation.
All of the readings and films to be viewed are available through the Library or Canvas.
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