Summer School - Britain and the Making of the Modern World, 2022, University of Exeter, UK

Publish Date: Mar 05, 2022

Deadline: May 16, 2022

Event Dates: from Jun 01, 2022 12:00 to Jun 01, 2022 12:00

For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, Britain was the world’s superpower, and its imperial connections not only left deep traces in America, Africa and Asia but also in Britain itself. Thus to understand modern British history it is necessary to see it from a global perspective: not only were British politics and economics influenced by imperial considerations but also most of its wars were global conflicts. Furthermore, British culture – food, fashion and architecture – was, and still is, shaped by its imperial legacy. By combining political, social and military history, this module introduces you to the key developments, ideas, events and people that shaped modern British history.
The module encourages you to explore the interdependency of national and global history in the last two hundred years through different scholarly methods and sources. You learn how global events, like the slave trade, the First World War or the conflict in the Middle East, are linked with British history. You also consider how life in Britain, for wealthy and ordinary people in London, Exeter or Bath, was influenced through global connections.
You will work with varied primary sources and with the rich collections of imperial artefacts at the University’s Cinema Museum and the Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum. In this way, you will not only study written texts, but you will also have the chance to work with the objects British travellers brought back from all over the world, and to see how Britain’s imperial past influenced its film industry. As well as giving you a different perspective on academic history, this will encourage you to think about how museums present British history and the objects associated with it to the wider public.

  • Self Catering Accommodation Provided
  • 4 Day trip to London
  • Social Programme including day trips and evening activities
  • £2,500 per session

Guided Independent Study

  • Pre Reading before arrival 
  • Preparatory readings for lectures and seminars
  • Researching, preparing and delivering a presentation
  • Researching and completing an assignment

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