The War for American Independence

Code: LH11012

Dates: February 17 - March 16, 2020

Meets: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Sessions: 5

Course Fee: $87.00

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Most Americans are taught the history of our founding as a nation—The American Revolution—beginning in elementary school. Unfortunately all too often we are taught only one side of the story. We will attempt to rectify that situation, beginning with the course title. As usual, there is another side to the story. We will examine the causes and consequences of this struggle not only from the colonists’ perspective but also from the Mother Country. Was George III really the tyrant described in the Declaration of Independence? Was “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” the main motivation of the colonists? Or did “no taxation without representation” play a larger role? Why did so many Britons support the colonists in these disputes? We will address these and other questions about this struggle. Victorian Britain Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria reached the height of his power, the sun indeed did not set on the British Empire. We will examine the rise of Britain to its pinnacle of power and then study the reasons for its decline. We will evaluate how much influence the queen actually had in this process. Among the topics we will consider include Victoria and her family; industrialization of its consequences; the glory of Victorian culture (although perhaps not its architecture); Melbourne, Gladstone, Disraeli, and Parnell—the shapers of Victorian Britain; and the rise of British as a world power and the empire. (Mondays, 3:30-4:30, September 21, October 5, 12, 19, 26)
Fee: $87.00

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R. Barry Levis

R. Barry Levis, PhD, Professor Emeritus, History, Rollins College (ret 2013); Director, Humanities Program, Hamilton Holt School of Rollins College, 1981-2012

levis@rollins.edu

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