History 318 (101) Early Twentieth-Century Britain
This course begins with the Great War and its impact on British society. We will then discuss some of the key features of the inter-war period: topics include the emergence of a new youth culture, the impact of fascism and communism on British political culture, the "abdication crisis," the Great Depression, and the challenge to British imperial power. The course will end with an exploration of World War II and its aftermath. A key theme of the course will be the ways that these changes shaped (and were themselves shaped by) changing understandings of class, "race" and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality.