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Undergraduate Course: Disunited kingdoms: why do union states fail? (HIST10430)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryWhy do states like the United Kingdom stay together or fall apart? This course looks at the history of the United Kingdom alongside that of other multi-national union states in 19th and early 20th century Europe. It provides an understanding of the purpose of such states, the reasons for their survival - and ultimately the explanations for when they fail and collapse. It illuminates the current condition of the UK, in the context of the referenda on Scottish independence and Brexit.
Course description Why do states like the United Kingdom stay together or fall apart? The UK (1801) was one of several multi-national 'united kingdoms' or unions formed in the early or mid 19th century - such as Sweden-Norway (1814-15), the Netherlands (1815) or Austria-Hungary (1867) evolving from the Austrian empire (1804). The course offers an understanding of why the multi-national union states formed at the same time as the UK were created, why they survived - and ultimately why they sometimes collapsed. It offers an illumination of the current condition of the UK in the context of the referenda on Scottish independence and Brexit.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.

Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the functioning of union states, and the reasons for their survival
  2. read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant existing scholarship
  3. to understand, evaluate and utilise an array of relevant source material relating to Britain, Ireland and similar union states.
  4. develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form by formulating appropriate questions and utilising appropriate evidence
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative, intellectual integrity and maturity; and also an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Barton, H.Arnold, Sweden and visions of Norway: politics and culture, 1814-1905 (Carbondale, Ill., 2003)
Derry, T.K., A history of modern Norway, 1814-1972 (Oxford, 1972)
Jackson, Alvin, Home rule: an Irish history, 1800-2000, paperback edition (London, 2004)
Jackson, Alvin, The two unions: Ireland, Scotland and the survival of the United Kingdom, 1707-2007, paperback edition (Oxford, 2013)
Judson, Pieter, The Habsburg empire: a new history (Cambridge Mass., 2016)
Kendle, John, Federal Britain: a history (London, 1997)
Kossman, E.H., The low countries, 1770-1940 (1978)
Kouri, E., and Jens E Olesen (eds), The Cambridge history of Scandinavia: volume two, 1520-1870 (Cambridge, 2016)
Lindgren, Raymond, Norway-Sweden: union, disunion and Scandinavian integration (Princeton, 1959)
Mackillop, Andrew and Micheál Ó Siochrú (eds), Forging the state: European state formation and the Anglo-Scottish union of 1707 (Dundee, 2008)
Okey, Robin, The Habsburg Empire, c.1765-1918: from Enlightenment to eclipse (Basingstoke, 2001)
Wielenga, Friso (Lynne Richards trans), A history of the Netherlands, from the sixteenth century to the present day (London, 2015)
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Course organiserProf Alvin Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3848
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Perry
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