Instructor: Dr. Daniel T. Dorrity

Office: Library 326

Office Telephone: 635-2117

Office hours: MTWR 0900-1000am


Web Site:



Course Description


A history of England from 1715 to the present, emphasizing the struggle for parliamentary government, the Anglo-French conflict for commercial and colonial empire, the Industrial Revolution, the evolution of democracy, and the recession of the British Empire.


Required Text


Students are required to read (study) the following textbook: Stuart E. Prall and David Harris Willson, A History of England, Vol. II, 1603 to the Present. 4th Edition.

Students will also be assigned excerpts from various writings. These will be placed on reserve in the Library.


Course Objectives


Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of:


The major themes of British history in the period from the reign of Queen Anne to the present


They will also gain a deeper understanding of the processes of history


A greater ability to perceive the progress of history and to think critically about the major issues from age to age and the means and methods used to solve them


A perception of the complex nature of history and the multiplicity of disciplines that comprise it and contribute to an understanding of it


A comprehension of the importance of a historical perspective in understanding current issues and problems


And a keener perception of the nuances of historical explanation and a greater precision in the expression of that understanding


Among the specific substantive issues addressed are:


Whigs and Tories and the settlement of 1688


The evolution of power between crown and parliament


The development of the office of prime minister and the cabinet system


The commercial and colonial conflict between France and England


The American War of Independence and the loss of the first British††††† Empire


The French Revolution and the British reaction


Irish grievances and the Act of Union


The Industrial Revolutions


British Policy toward Europe and Latin America after the French Revolution


Reaction and reform in the period 1815-1848


The Crimean War and British Interests in the Middle East


Political and Social Reform, 1867-1914


The new imperialism, the Irish problem, and the advent of World War I


The Great Depression and World War II


The post-World War II era: Social Reform, Retreat from Empire, Northern Ireland, and the European Union


Class Schedule


The class will meet on MTWR from 1000-1050am.


Course Requirements




There will be four exams for the course. These exams will be made up of multiple choice and written questions, and will be based on the textbook, and other assigned readings, on lectures and class discussions, and on videos shown in class or assigned for viewing outside of class.




The grade for the course will be computed on the basis of your performance on the various exams, the quality of your contributions in class, on class attendance, and on extra credit assignments, in cases where those are allowed. Each of the four exams will carry the same weight.



























Extra Credit


Students may be permitted to do special assignments for extra credit. The instructor's decision to permit a student to do these will be based on the student's attendance, constructive contributions in class, and the Instructor's perception of the student's work ethic.Students deficient in any of these areas will not be permitted to submit work for extra credit.


Attendance Policy


To be discussed and announced in class.


Class Participation


Students are strongly encouraged to participate in class discussions. Your contribution is important for various reasons. First it can indicate to the Instructor where he may need to provide further clarification or more information. Second it helps the student by gaining further explanation, while at the same time it will help fellow students who may be experiencing the same problem.Third it helps students develop the ability and confidence to express themselves in a group setting, and it will also help them gradually to express themselves with greater clarity, as well as encouraging classmates to do likewise. And fourth it will help engage the class in a group discussion of the issue or problem that is of special benefit because of the various sides of the issue that can emerge and the variety of explanations possible. Finally it makes the student an active participant in the classroom who provokes and stimulates discussion and the search for explanations and understanding rather than a passive recipient of knowledge.††


Honor Code and Plagiarism


Ethics is an important aspect of the human being. It is indispensable to the effective functioning of all societies and to reliable and successful relations between all human beings. Consequently you are expected that all work submitted to the Instructor as a part of this course be your own, unless otherwise denoted in footnotes or by some other appropriate means. The University imposes very severe penalties for plagiarism, so you should be sure to avoid this at all costs. If you have some doubts about all the different forms and aspects of plagiarism, you should log on to the Duke University web site which is linked in my web site and read carefully their short article on the nature of plagiarism and how to avoid it.


Research Paper


All written work submitted for this course must follow the bibliographic, footnoting, and quotation style presented by Kate L. Turabian. Copies of her books on style are in the library and excerpts and examples are on the Duke Universityís and Long Island Universityís web sites which are linked from my web site.


Correct Form for the Term Paper


Follow the Turabian style and suggestions available on Duke Universityís and Long Island Universityís web sites which are linked from my web site.




Bibliographies must follow the style set out by Turabian and available on Duke Universityís and Long Island Universityís web sites which are linked from my web site. Be sure to follow her warning not to cite or list encyclopedias or textbooks in your writings. Also note her comments on the proper title for your bibliography. Once again, be sure in all historical research papers to concentrate on primary sources, using secondary sources mostly as a guide to primary ones and also to familiarize yourself with the major perspectives and interpretations of your topic.


 Textbook Reading Assignments


To be announced in class.