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This is a mandatory course for students of English Philology. The aim of the course is to present an outline of the history of the British Isles from ancient times to the present. An attempt will be undertaken to present the political history of Britain against the social, cultural and economic background.
Method of Instruction:
The course will be primarily a lecture course. Students’ discussion and questions are strongly encouraged. The course will consist of 30 teaching hours divided into 15 two hour meetings. Students will be required to participate in class and take a final written exam.
Final exam will be written. Three essays selected out of 12 topics will make 33% of the final grade each. Exam time – 1 ½ clock hours.
There are many histories of Great Britain, England, Scotland and Ireland. One can find single volume editions as well as multiple volume editions. Taking into consideration the price of these publications as well as their availability in the library I am fully aware that the single volume Polish history of England by Henryk Zins will be the fundamental reference work for this course. Please note the excellent timetable book with documents published by Mariusz Misztal, the new, and very good history of British culture by Lipoński, as well as history of the British Isles by Norman Davies. When using Polish language textbooks BE AWARE of the English terminology, which differs greatly from the Polish one and which will be taken into consideration when grading your exams.
The school library also holds one of the newest, multi-volume histories of England published by Oxford University Press. It should be consulted as a reference.