Civilisation britannique

Civilisation britannique

Discipline rare Non


The British world (1780-2010)   (Brochure à retirer au secrétariat)

A) Lectures :

The course will deal with the numerous connections between Great Britain and its Empire and Commonwealth:

- from the first to the second British Empire (17th-19th C.); from the slave trade to abolition (1833)

- the heyday of British imperialism (1870-1940): territorial expansion, colonial warfare and the informal Empire

- the “Empire project” / “Greater Britain”: imperial monarchy, the imperial federation, rituals and ceremonials (1870-1940)

- the economics of the Empire; the impact of colonisation on native peoples

- imperialism “at home”: Orientalism and popular culture (colonial exhibitions, imperialist literature, racism, etc.); British anti-imperialism

- migrations in the British world  (from Britain to the colonies and to the United States, but also between    British colonies, e.g. India and British Caribbean, Mauritius, British Africa, etc.) (1780-1920)

- an Empire of knowledge: science, culture and imperial domination; religion and the missionary movement

- imperialism and the environment

- from decolonisation to the modern Commonwealth (1930-2010)

- conflicting memories and historical controversies surrounding the Empire

B) Travaux dirigés :

Sessions are entirely devoted to the practice of "commentaire composé de textes" in English, with oral presentation and class discussions.

Volume horaire

  • CM : 1h
  • TD : 2h
  • Nombre de semaines : 13
  • Modalité de controle: Controle mixte


Compulsory reading :

Ashley Jackson, The British Empire. A very short introduction, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Recommended reading :

Nigel Dalziel, The Penguin Historical Atlas of the British Empire, Londres, Penguin, 2006

John Darwin, The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System, 1830-1970, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009, 800 p.

Oxford History of the British Empire, Oxford University Press (general editor: William Roger LOUIS):

volumes 3 (Andrew Porter ed., The Nineteenth Century, 1999) and 4 (Judith M. Brown and Wm. Roger Louis eds., The Twentieth Century, 1999)

A handout of documents taken from primary sources will be distributed during the first class.

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