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Information for lesson "The Peculiar Modernity of Britain (History 151C) Berkeley CC-Egt"
Description: The class will examine how Britain became modern. It will explore everything from the industrial revolution to deindustrialization, the spectacular growth and mobility of populations, urbanization, and suburbanization, the emergence of the idea of the individual and nuclear family, the expansion and eventual collapse of an empire upon which the sun once famously never set. The class explores a number of key questions. How did Britain become modern and yet remain a deeply traditional society unable to rid itself of ancient institutions like the monarchy, the aristocracy, and the established church? How did Britons think of themselves as an essentially liberal people, bringing trade, prosperity, democracy, and civilization to the rest of the world and yet become associated with the spread of immense poverty, imperial violence, and exploitation? And how did this liberalism lay the foundations for the enormous growth of Britain's decolonizing welfare and security state in the twentieth century let alone the emergence of multiculturalism and neo-liberalism? The class combines economic, social, political and cultural history.
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