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This course will examine the political, socio-economic, and cultural history of modern Britain. Using a variety of primary and secondary texts, we will consider the development of parliamentary government, democracy, the modern state, empire, capitalism, and urban-industrial society as well as the cultural changes accompanying and informing these transformations, from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the late twentieth century. British modernity was indeed precocious, and we will seek to understand the context, causes, and consequences of that experience.

The goal of this assignment was for students to learn how to use material culture as an historical source. The PMA has a very diverse collection of British material culture from 18th-century Britain. Students were directed to visit the Museum, to select an object or space, and to write a 3-page paper assessing what that object/space reveals about society, economy, and culture during this period.