Spring 2018 - HIST 215 D100

The Making of the British Isles (3)

Class Number: 3296

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SECB 1012, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    WMC 3210, 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 students with a broad survey of the social, cultural and political history of the peoples of the British Isles from pre-Roman times to the 20th century. We will examine in detail the ways in which the four nations (England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland) interacted not only with each other in this period but also with the peoples of Europe and beyond. Students will then test and debate the usual narrative of a dominant England’s rise to prominence by also examining the roles of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, as well as various settlers, in the making of the United Kingdom and British culture. We will end the course by asking how and why the United Kingdom now seems to be unravelling in the era of Brexit.


  • Tutorial Participation 20%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Primary source analysis 20%
  • Final Exam 35%



Hugh Kearney, The British Isles: A History of Four Nations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) (978-0521846004)

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

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

All other readings will be available online through the library or through Canvas

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