Colonialism and the History of the British Empire: Course Description Lecturers: Karáth Tamás PhD and Török Gábor PhD candidate
Classes: Thu 8:30-10:00 and 10:15-11:45; Tárogató #104
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Welcome to this course. We invite you to investigate the changing concepts of colonialism, to survey the historical development, growth and disintegration of the British Empire and to understand the impacts of European colonization in present-day conflicts. This introduction into the study of colonialism and postcolonial history will offer you with a useful background to your ensuing literary classes in the postcolonial literatures specialization. While our focus will be the British Empire, we will attempt to grasp some general patterns of colonization and draw parallels between Britain and other colonizing powers of the modern period.
Methods and organization
This course is designed as a workshop preparing for the presentation of a project at an end-of-term mini-conference. Your preparation will be aided by individual consultations and tasks. The stages of this work are described in the course calendar below. As part of the workshop discussions we will also ask you to read the assigned readings. The theoretical background for these readings will be provided in form of interactive lectures. Lectures and text discussion classes will alternate. Your awareness of the assigned readings and lectures will be tested at an oral exam concluding the course (in the examination period).
For the achievement of this credit, you will be expected to fulfil the following tasks:
Regular presence: a max. of 5 times 90 minutes of absence is tolerated. Make sure you do not miss the consultation classes and the mini-conference
Preparation of assigned readings and active participation in class discussions
Writing a review of a scholarly book related to your project. Your choice of the book must be accepted by the supervisor of your project. Contents and form of the review will be described in a separate guide. The deadline of submission is 12 pm 31 Oct (via e-mail to both lecturers).
Passing an oral exam based on the assigned readings and the content of the lectures
Grading and Plagiarism
Prerequisite for a valid course: no excessive absences; respecting the deadlines
Graded components of the course: (1) written assignments (book review), (2) project presentation at the mini-conference, and (3) oral exam. The average of the three components will be your final grade. Failure of two or all the graded tasks means the automatic failure of the course. Averages of .5 will be rounded according to your participation in the class discussions.
In all the tasks of this course, you are expected to respect academic ethics. If you borrow materials from other sources, you are required to clearly indicate your source. Always use academically reliable sources. Plagiarism (either deliberate or not) will be sanctioned with the failure of the respective task; serious cases of academic theft will incur the failure of the course.
Discussion: What was before post-colonialism? (with follow-up readings)
Consultation 1: Narrowing down the project topic
Choosing a project topic for the conference presentation
Lecture (TG): The Roots and Patterns of European and British Colonialism
Discussion: Colonial legacy
Reading: Martin J. Wiener, “The Idea of ‘Colonial Legacy’ and the Historiography of Empire,” The Journal of the Historical Society 13 (2013): 1-32
Lecture (KT): Medieval Colonialism on the British Isles
Discussion: Medieval Anglo-Irish encounters
Readings: (1) The Statutes of Kilkenny, 1367, http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/~thoqh49081 /celtic/KilkennyStatutes.html
(2) R.R. Davies, “Patterns of Domination,” in Domination and Conquest: The Experience of Ireland, Scotland and Wales 1100-1300, 1-24 (CUP, 1990);
(3) John Gillingham, “The English Invasion of Ireland,” in Representing Ireland: Literature and the origins of conflict, 1534-1660, ed. Brendan Bradshaw, Andrew Hatfield and Willy Maley, 24-42 (CUP, 1993)
Consultation 2: Plan/outline of project, methods, bibliography
Choosing the book for the book review
Lecture (KT): The Beginnings of an English Empire: Early Modern English Colonisations
Lecture (TG): Canada: From Cartier to Westminster (1931)
Discussion: Puritans in North America
Reading: Excerpts from Puritan writings (John Smith, John Winthrop, John Cotton, William Bradford and Cotton Mather) – provided on copies
Discussion: The formation of the first dominion
Readings: Perspectives on the War of 1812 at http://www.pbs.org/wned/war-of-1812/essays/ (The British and the Canadian perspectives); speech of George-Etienne Cartier on Canadian Confederation (1865)
Lecture: The American Frontier from the Colonial Perspective (KT)
Book review (submission via e-mail until 31 Oct)
Lecture (TG): Australia and New Zealand until the fall of Singapore (1942).
Consultation 3: Assessment of the book reviews
Discussion: Australia and New Zealand
Reading: Excerpts from Captain Cook's journal and Arthur Phillip’s letter
Lecture (KT): History of the British Empire (1783-1918)
Discussion: Colonial (Pre-independence) India
Readings: Tapan Raychaudhuri, “British Rule in India: An assessment,” in The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire, ed. P. J. Marshall, 357-69, (CUP, 1996)
Mahatma Gandhi’s statement in the great trial of 1922