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Liberty and Slavery in the Early British Empire
Taught by: Simon Schama.

Description
E-Seminar Description This e-seminar from Simon Schama voyages from America to the Caribbean and Africa in its exploration of the human struggles with liberty and slavery. Illuminating the triumphs and crises of the British Empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this e-seminar complements Schama's acclaimed BBC documentary.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Acquire an understanding of the major forces shaping the growth of the British Empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and, particularly, its development in the Americas.

•    Be able to explain the key roles that slavery and the growth of crops such as sugar, tobacco, coffee and tea played in forging a wealthy, international, sea-faring power.

•    Understand the causes behind the rift in the Empire that led to the American Revolution.

•    Acquire an appreciation of the use of primary sources, such as art, music and texts, in the study of history.

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Outline
1.The Ideals of Empire
2.Britain on the Rise
3.The Barbados Bargain
4.Passages of Slavery
5.Liberty in Crisis
6.Conclusion: The Wrong Empire

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Born in 1945, Simon Schama was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he was Fellow from 1966 to 1976 before moving to Brasenose College, Oxford as Fellow and Tutor in Modern History. From 1980 to 1993 he was Mellon Professor of Social Sciences and William R. Keenan Professor in the Humanities at Harvard University and Senior Associate at the Centre of European Studies. He has also taught at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and his work has been translated into ten languages.

Simon Schama has written and presented television documentaries on Rembrandt and landscape and memory for the BBC. He is currently writing and presenting a sixteen-part History of Britain for the BBC; the first of three installments was broadcast in the autumn of 2000, with the latter two installments following in 2001. At the Edge of the World, the first volume of the accompanying series of books A History of Britain, was published to great critical acclaim in October 2000.


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Recommended Reading
Anderson, Fred. Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754–1766. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.

Blackburn, Robin. Making of New World Slavery: From the Baroque to the Modern 1492–1800. New York: Verso Books, 1998.

Equiano, Olaudeh. Interesting Narrative and Other Writings. Edited by Vincent Carretta. London: Penguin, 1995.

Mintz, Sidney W. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. London: Penguin, 1995.

Schama, Simon. A History of Britain. Vol. 2. BBC Consumer Publishing (UK)/Talk Miramax Books (US), 2001.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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