Apr 15, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIS 3149 - Britain’s “REEL” History: Monarchy and People on Film (3)

When Offered: On Demand
This course will examine major themes in modern British history through film. It will focus on how films represent the past and how they are themselves products of particular periods and mind-sets. Among the topics to be studied will be: the role of the monarchy, and changing attitudes towards it; Britain’s experience of war in the twentieth century; the retreat from empire; social change and class relationships; and questions of race, gender, religion, and national identity. What do we see in modern Britain: Victorian continuities or the “New Jerusalem,” economic, imperial, political, and cultural decline or remarkable national progress? In addressing such questions, this course will consider what is revealed in movies and documentaries and place them in their proper historical context.