Please note that this module was available
from 2007 to 2008, but has since been
withdrawn and is no longer available.
Tutor: Professor Trevor Burnard
This undergraduate final-year Special Subject module, with the addition of a 30 CATS dissertation, can account for half of your final-year work. Special Subjects involve the intensive study of a tightly focused set of topics or problems using a large quantity of primary sources. It is, above all, through the Special Subject that you will acquire hands-on experience of the skills involved in working with primary sources.
This module offers students the opportunity to explore in depth an important event in American history, focusing in detail on key themes both new, and those opened up in other options. There are no prerequisites to this module, and no prior knowledge will be assumed.
This module explores the causes of the American Revolution between 1756 and 1776, from the start of the Seven Years’ war until the Declaration of Independence. It also looks at the events of the War of American Independence between 1776 and 1783 and examines the consequences of the breakup of the British Empire in the Americas that led to the creation of the United States of America and a reformulation of British Empire in the Americas. Stress will be placed on seeing the American Revolution as a significant event not just in American history but also in Atlantic and global history and as a major turing point in the making of the modern world.