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Undergraduate Course: Pre-Revolutionary America (HIST10151)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course considers the development of British North America between c. 1607 and 1763. It considers European settlement of North America during the seventeenth century; the impact of that settlement on Native Americans; and the evolution of slavery on the continent. It considers the social, economic and political development of those colonies prior to the American Revolution.
Course description This course considers the origins and development of the English (latterly British) colonies in mainland North America between c. 1607 and 1763. Among the themes it considers are the origins of settlement of North America; the impact of European settlers on Native Americans and the ways in which Native Americans shaped the colonies; the emergence and development of slavery in North America; and the social, economic, political and religious development of the colonies. While the course focuses mainly on the British colonies in mainland North America, these are placed in the context of the development of other the development of other European overseas empires in North America and the Caribbean. This course seeks to place the 'colonial' period of American history, too often viewed simply as a prelude to the American Revolution, in context. It engages with the rich historiographies on Atlantic history; migration; slavery; gender; and Native Americans in early America.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking The Economic and Social History of British America, 1607-1770 (ECSH10026)
Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 50 3780).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Bernard Bailyn, The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 (New York, 2012).

Bernard Bailyn, Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the American Revolution (New York, 1987).

Kathleen M. Brown, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia (Chapel Hill, 1996).

John Demos, Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and Culture in Early New England (New York, 1982).

Jack P. Greene, Imperatives, Behaviors and Identities: Essays in Early American Cultural History (Charlottesville, 1992).

Jack P. Greene, Negotiated Authorities: Essays in Colonial Political and Constitutional History (Charlottesville, 1994).

Carol F. Karlsen, The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchraft in Colonial New England (New York, 1987).

Edmund S. Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia (New York, 1975).

Daniel K. Richter, Before the Revolution: America's Ancient Pasts (Cambridge, MA., 2011).

Alan Taylor, American Colonies(New York, 2001).

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750 (New York, 1982).

Peter Wood, Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 to the Stono Rebellion (New York, 1974).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPre Rev America
Course organiserProf Frank Cogliano
Tel: (0131 6)50 3774
Course secretaryMiss Alexandra Adam
Tel: (0131 6)50 3767
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