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HIS 421SEM - Topics In Brit His-Food & Drink Britain & Empire
Topics In Brit His-Food & Drink Britain & Empire MCD Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   24263   Enrollment Capacity:   15
Section:   MCD   Enrollment Total:   15
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   0
Dates:   02/01/2021 - 05/07/2021   Status:   CLOSED
Days, Time:   M , 10:20 AM - 12:50 PM
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   Remote      
The emblematic images of Britain are often drawn from what they ate and drank. A cup of tea. A pint of beer. A bowl of curry. A plate of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. This seminar will explore the history of food and drink in Great Britain and the British empire from the 16th-20th centuries. Food and drink are of course the most basic needs for all living things and as such are often overlooked in traditional histories. However, what people consumed and how it was grown, created, procured, transported, and traded are at the very core of the topics we more often read about in history books. War, peace, hunger, exploration, conquest, economics, and social status are all affected by the provision of food and in turn change what is consumed. Students in this class will examine the political contests surrounding food in Great Britain and the empire over the last 450 years and how those debates played a central role the formation of modern Britain. Topics will include: agriculture, bread (and bread riots), potatoes, sugar, tea, fish, pigs, cows, beer, whiskey (and whisky), curry, rice, etc. Students will have weekly readings of roughly 80-100 pages, write three short (500-750 word) response papers, and produce a final research project on a topic of their choosing in consultation with the professor. Students will also be evaluated on participation in discussion. This class will be conducted online in real time.
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Varying topics in British history, as chosen by the professor. MOD
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