History/Religious Studies 497A
Spring Semester 1997
Class meets Tuesday-Thursday 11:15-12:30 in 317 Boucke
(Schedule Number: 173378)
Philip Jenkins Dan Beaver
This course examines the history of the British Isles during the early modern period, with a special focus on the "other nations" that came to make up Great Britain, namely, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. One emphasis of the course will be the interplay of religion, society and politics; and the critical role played by religious conflict (especially between Catholics and Protestants) in shaping and defining ethnic identity.
Grading will be based on two essay examinations, and a research paper. More details of the paper will be supplied at the beginning of the semester. Each examination will count 25 percent of the grade; the research paper carries 50 percent. Regular class attendance is of course expected.
The following books are required. All are in paperback. In addition, there will be a number of books on reserve in Pattee - detailed lists will follow.
*R. F. Foster, Modern Ireland 1600-1972. Penguin 1989
*Hugh Kearney The British Isles: A History of Four Nations. Cambridge University Press 1995.
*Rosalind Mitchison, Lordship to Patronage: Scotland 1603-1745. 1991.
*Jenny Wormald Court, Kirk and Community: Scotland 1470-1603. 1981
Syllabus of Classes
The course will be broadly divided as follows:
Classes 1-11 1540-1620
Classes 12-19 1620-1720
Classes 20-30 1720-1850
1. Jan. 14
2. Jan. 16
Overview: Ireland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
3. Jan 21
4. Jan 23
5. Jan 28
Land, agriculture and people.
6. Jan 30
Society in Scotland and Ireland. Towns, trade and industry in the Celtic nations.
7. Feb. 4
The persistence of Celtic language and literature
8. Feb. 6
The religious revolution 1530-1570. The Catholic resistance
9. Feb. 11
The reforms of the Tudor state.
10. Feb. 13
The Two Queens
11. Feb. 18
The Stuarts and the union of the four lands. Scottish crisis
12. Feb. 20
Irish religious conflicts 1625-1641.
13. Feb. 25
The reconquest of Scotland and Ireland. Civil war and Restoration.
Whigs and Tories
15. March 4
16. March 6
The Covenanters and the Scottish Revolution
March 10-14 SPRING BREAK
17. March 18
Uniting England and Scotland
18. March 20
The Scottish Highlands and Islands
19. March 25
Ireland and the revolutionary years.
20. March 27
The Williamite settlement and the Protestant Ascendancy.
21. April 1
The age of stability. Kingship and empire; military and colonial expansion
22. April 3
The Great Revivals
23. April 8
Cultural trends 1750-1840
24. April 10
The rise of industry 1760-1840. The Welsh experience
25. April 15
The Scottish industrial revolution. Urban growth 1760-1840
26. April 17
Political crises 1775-1820
27. April 22
The rise of Irish nationalism
28. April 24
Nineteenth century Ireland. The Famine
29. April 29
Overview and summary of themes.
30. May 1
The research paper will be due during the Final Examination Period