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HIST 110 English History to 1603 • 5 Cr.


Traces the history of the British Isles from the Roman Conquest to the establishment of the nation-state under Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Topics include life and culture in the Middle Ages, the Hundred Years' War, the rise of Parliament, and the English reformation. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze significant political developments, such as Magna Carta, the origins of Parliament, the development of the Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English polity, through discussion and various kinds of writing assignments.
  • Recognize the evolution of religious ideas and conflicts from the introduction of Christianity to the transformation of England, Wales, and Scotland into protestant nations.
  • Describe and explain the development of a national monarch and the origins of the nation-state.4. Demonstrate the relationship between the British Isles and Europe, including the investiture Conflict, Hundred Years’ War, dn competition in overseas exploration.5. Explain the rise of Britain from a peripheral European power to a major European and world power.6. Demonstrate in written essay the ability to deal with primary and secondary sources by writing about an event, theme or historical problem in English history.
  • Identify and distinguish important historiographical traditions, such as the “Whig” school of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Marxist historians, such as R.H. Tawney, and their interpretations of economic and social history, and the post-war revisionists, such has Conrad Russell, and the accidental theory of history.
  • Recognize through discussions and exams the contributions of British culture to the western tradition.



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