Spring 2016 - HIST 215 D100

The Making of the British Isles (3)

Class Number: 4111

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2016
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby



A broad survey of some of the central developments that have shaped the history of the British Isles from Roman antiquity to the present. Breadth-Humanities.


This course provides a broad survey of the social, cultural and political history of the peoples of the British Isles from pre-Roman times (before the 1st century BCE) to the 20th century. The central political-historical problem of the course is the expansion of English power over the isles through imperial conquest, in time forging a single, unified state encompassing England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. We also will explore social transformations, asking how people experienced village, family, work, land, and war differently over time. In the realm of culture, we will trace the decline of magic and the rise of religion, the impact of the Protestant Reformation, and later the influence of industrial change on British ways of knowing and communicating.


  • Tutorial Participation 20%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Primary Source Analyses 20%
  • Final exam 35%



The Oxford History of Britain, Kenneth O. Morgan, Ed. (978-0199579259)

Frances and Joseph Gies, Life in a Medieval Village (978-0060920463)

George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier (978-0156767507)

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