History 4389. 002. 2158 British Empire, 1689-1815 Fall 2015 Instructor: Dr. Vanderford Office hours

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History 4389.002.2158

British Empire, 1689-1815

Fall 2015
Instructor: Dr. Vanderford Office hours: TTH, 3:15-4:30; W, 1-3.

4150 Mesa Building vanderford_c@utpb.edu

Course Summary:

This course offers an examination of the British Empire during the so-called “long eighteenth century.” The course will focus on three main themes: the importance of religious ideology during this era; the transfer of the central area of British overseas interest from America to India; the statesmanship and political philosophy of Edmund Burke.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

Over the course of the semester the student will learn to:

• Read, understand, and paraphrase primary sources written during the eighteenth-century and before.
• Isolate the thesis of a scholarly article and to summarize the evidence used to advance that thesis.
• Match the leading thinkers and actors of the time to their words.
Assignments and Grades:

Three Exams: 100 points each

Three article reviews: 50 points each

Two (perhaps three) presentations: 10 points each

Homework/Quizzes: no more than 50 points, perhaps much less

Grade Scale: 90-100%: A; 80- 89%: B; 70-79%: C; 60-69% D; 0-59%, F.
Seminar Credit:

Students wishing to receive seminar credit for this course should contact the professor immediately. To receive this credit they must fill out a form and have the professor sign it. They must also write a seven- to ten-page historiographical essay on a topic to be agreed upon in consultation with the professor.

Assigned books:

Burke, Edmund. On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Speeches and Letters. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.

Marshall, P. J., ed., The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume II: The Eighteenth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Marshall, P. J., ed., The British Discovery of Hinduism in the Eighteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Sandoz, Ellis, ed., Political Sermons of the American Founding Era: 1730-1805. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1998.

Class Schedule:

8/27: Introduction: Oxford, 1-27.

9/1: Glorious Revolution: Sandoz I, 8-24; Oxford, 28-52.

9/3: Glorious Revolution: Sandoz I, 26-50; Oxford, 276-299.

9/8: The Great Awakening: Sandoz I, 52-118; Oxford, 128-150.

9/10: The Great Awakening: Sandoz I, 120-136; Oxford, 231-252.

9/15: Introduction to Edmund Burke: Burke, 1-61.

9/17: French and Indian War: Sandoz I, 179-206; Oxford, 151-167.

9/22: French and Indian War: Sandoz I, 208-230; Oxford, 169-183.

9/24: Article Review Due/Presentations

9/29: Holwell’s Hinduism: Marshall, 45-106; Oxford, 487-507.

10/1: EXAM I

10/6: Dow’s Hinduism: Marshall, 107-139; Oxford, 508-529.

10/8: American Revolution: Sandoz I, 266-299; Oxford, 105-127.

10/13: American Revolution: Sandoz I, 328-368; Oxford, 208-230.

10/15: American Revolution: Burke, 62-134; Sandoz I, 410-438; Oxford, 300-324.

10/20: American Revolution: Sandoz I, 494-527; Oxford, 325-346.

10/22: American Revolution: Burke, 135-183; Sandoz I, 530-558; 560-578.

10/27: Article Review Due/Presentations

10/29: Canada: Oxford, 372-393.

11/3: West Indies: Oxford, 394-439.

11/5: EXAM II

11/10: Atlantic Slave Trade: Sandoz II, 1030-1055; Oxford, 440-464.

11/12: Ireland: Burke, 184-193, 415-439; Oxford, 253-275.

11/17: Fox’s East India Bill: Burke, 282-370; Oxford, 530-551.

11/19: Impeachment of Hastings: Marshall, 184-191; Burke, 371-400.

11/24: Jones’s Hinduism I: Marshall, 196-245.

11/26: Thanksgiving Break

12/1 Jones’s Hinduism II: Marshall, 246-289.:

12/3: More War with France: Burke, 401-414, 440-463; Sandoz II, 1005-1028; Oxford, 184-207

12/8: Second British Empire: Burke, 464-514; Oxford, 576-595.

12/10: Final Exam: 12:30-2:30.

A Question of Respect:

The ability of the professor to conduct the class and the ability of students to learn both depend upon an atmosphere of respect. The professor must respect the students; the students must respect the professor; both must respect the university and its traditions. The professor will not tolerate disrespectful or disruptive behavior. He has the right to ask students who engage in such behavior to leave the classroom. Inappropriate behavior may result in disciplinary action or referral to UTPB’s Behavioral Intervention Team.

A Question of Manners

The professor considers the following activities inappropriate for the classroom. Please refrain from doing them in class:

• Audible yawning

• Any cellular phone use, including but not limited to: answering phone, audible ringing of phone, and texting.

• Any computer use, including but not limited to browsing the internet, playing videogames, or e-mailing.

• Any form of headphone usage

• Cleaning, clipping, or filing nails

• Eating or chewing gum

• Gentlemen wearing hats

• Nose picking

• Packing up belongings before the end of class

• Spitting


1. Make-up examinations and early examinations will only be given if the student has a university-approved absence or doctor’s note describing a medical emergency. At his discretion, the professor may allow make up examinations without a university-approved absence or medical emergency. In said instance the professor will deduct ten points from that exam.

2. Plagiarism and cheating are unacceptable. Any student caught plagiarizing or cheating will fail their assignment. They will also be reported to the Chair of the History Department and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Said persons have the power to dismiss students from the University and to indicate cheating or plagiarizing offenses on the student’s permanent record.
3. Late assignments will not be accepted.
4. A syllabus serves a function analogous to that of a contract between the professor and the student. Nevertheless, the professor reserves the right to make alterations to this syllabus, if necessary.
ADA Statement

Students with disabilities who desire special accommodations or services should register with the Office of Student Disabilities Services. Please notify the instructor during the first week of classes if you need such accommodation. A letter from the UTPB/ADA office must accompany this request. This office can be found in the PASS office or reached by phone at (432) 552-2630.

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