Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
The story of how Britain gained the world’s biggest empire over the course of two and half centuries (Anglobalization) and then lost almost all of it over two generations is a remarkable episode in human history, raising a host of complex and vital questions. What political, religious, military, economic, cultural, and intellectual developments propelled Great Britain's unlikely rise to global supremacy? What caused the fall of the first British Empire, the astonishing rise of its second Imperium, and the rapid break-up of that empire after 1945? What effect did it all have on “ordinary” people in Britain and its Empire across three centuries? The story of Anglobalization is also important today because Canada uses an “operating system” provided by Britain. To understand how Canada runs politically and even culturally involves grasping the origin of its British-designed operating system.
Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units HIST at the 100-level or 30 credit units of university level courses.
Note:Students with credit for HIST 243 or HIST 246 will not receive credit for this course.
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