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HIST 617 01 (12973)  
Britain: Modernity and Empire
Steven Pincus
W 9.25-11.15 HGS 401
Fall 2013 
 
Why and in what ways did Britain become the paradigmatic modern nation? This research seminar introduces students to a variety of approaches to the study of modernization and to a range of questions about the coming of modernity in Britain. Topics may include the emergence of the novel, the origins of the British Empire, England's economic transformation, the development of representative politics, the emergence of the bourgeois public sphere, secularization, among others. The course emphasizes methodological as well as substantive questions. The course is appropriate for historians of any period or area, as well as for graduate students in related disciplines.