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DHIS 2315A - Panorama of English History 1066-1603

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, the tiny islands of Great Britain dominated world trade, economic, judicial, religious and educational institutions. And the language of English continues to dominate around the world. And yet, just under a thousand years ago, England as a country and English as a language looked all but set for confinement to the dustbin of history as the Norman French invaded and took control of the small but prosperous Saxon kingdom. They governed much of the British Isles for over three hundred years and for large periods England was considered as an outpost of the greater Norman empire. This course will look at some of the major events in English history from the year 1066 to the present. The aim of the course is to give a very general idea of the way in which political and social institutions have developed over the past thousand years. Where possible, and time permitting, we will also look at the lives and ideas of the ordinary men and women who are often ignored by history but without whom no such history could exist. A lesson plan is given followed by a short bibliography. You are not expected to read all the books but you will be expected to show that you have done some background reading. This will stand you in good stead for the coming years at Science Po. Good luck and enjoy the course.


PARK, Adrian (Maitre de conférences)

Required reading

Jean Pouvelle, Mark Niemeyer, Adrian Park, Repères de Civilisation: Grande Bretagne Etats-Unis, Paris: Ellipses, 2003

Additional required reading

  • G.M. Trevelyan, A Shortened History of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1986. (reprint)
  • Kenneth O. Morgan (ed.), The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010
  • Harriet Harvey Wood, The Battle of Hastings: The Fall of Anglo-Saxon England. London: Atlantic Books, 2008
  • Marc Morris, The Norman Conquest. London: Windmill Books, 2013