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EHIS 225 Early Modern England 1485-1714

3 s.h.

This course examines the evolution of England from a medieval society to an identifiable modern nation state. Students will study how evolution, revolution and the Reformation fundamentally altered medieval institutions such as the monarchy, Parliament and the Church. Special attention will also be paid to the changing position of women in English society. Topics include the War of the Roses, the end of feudalism, the establishment of the Tudor State, the Wars of Religion, the Spanish Armada, witchcraft and society, the foundation of a worldwide empire, the English Civil War, Puritanism, the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the change from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy. The policies and personalities of the colorful monarchs of the time (and their public images) will also play a key role in the course. Memorable monarchs covered include Henry VIII (and his six wives), "Bloody Mary" (Mary I), "Gloriana" (Elizabeth I), Charles I and "the Merry Monarch" (Charles II). This course requires substantial writing. (LA)

Prerequisite: SoS or 3 s.h. 100-level HIST course.

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