HTY 450: History of the British Empire

Instructor: Professor Stephen Miller

Days/Time: MWF 12:00-12:50pm

Course number: 85804

Location: Stevens 365

Description:  This course explores the British imperial experience from the loss of America and the gain of India in the 18th Century to the process of decolonization in the late 20th Century.  It will focus on the major political, social, economic, and cultural developments of Great Britain and its empire, with emphasis on the white-settler colonies (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa), Ireland, and India.  It will also examine the difference between formal and informal empire, the causes and effects of the Scramble for Africa, the role of the Empire in the World Wars, and the eventual fall of the British Empire.

Prerequisites:  Three credits of History or permission.

General Education Requirements:  Satisfies the Western Cultural Tradition and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirements.