The British Isles: Invasions that Shaped a Nation

Britain is an immigrant nation. Fear of invasion has dominated British History for over two thousand years. The Roman invasion of 43 AD encountered fierce resistance from the Celts. From the fifth century, successive invasions by Germanic Anglo Saxon tribes, Vikings and the Normans in 1066 changed the political, social and economic fabric of the British Isles. Later failed invasions by the French in 1215, Spanish Armada in 1588 and Jacobites in 1715 and 1745 challenged the immigrant nation. The planned invasions by Napoleon 1804 and the Nazis 1941-42 were abandoned. Fear of immigrants is a dominant theme in the current Brexit debates.


SUGGESTED READING

  • History of Britain, BBC documentary series presented by Simon Schama, 2002
  • Conquest, The Roman Invasion of Britain, John Peddie, History Press, 2005
  • The Norman Conquest, Hugh Thomas, Rowman and Littlefield, 2007
  • Jacobitism and English People 1688-1788, Paul Monod, CUP, 1993


COURSE OUTLINE

  • British Isles and the Celtic tribes pre 55 BC and the invasion of Julius Caesar, Roman Britain from 43 A D to 410 A D and the arrival of the Germanic Anglo-Saxon tribes
  • Viking and Norman invasions 8th century to 11th century and their impact on the emerging English nation
  • Failed invasions of the French in the Barons War 1215-1217 and the Spanish Armada 1588. Successful invasion of Henry Tudor in 1483 and the defeat of the Yorkist dynasty in 1485
  • The failed invasions of the Protestant Pretender, the Duke of Monmouth in 1685 and the Jacobite Catholic Pretenders, James Stuart (The Old Pretender) 1715 and Bonnie Prince Charlie 1745
  • The significance of the “invasion” motif in British history and the invasions which were abandoned by Napoleon in 1804 and the Nazis in 1941-42


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the significance of the recurring theme of “invasions” throughout two thousand years of English and British history.
  2. Distinguish differences between the successful invasions and their lasting impacts and the failed invasions over the centuries.
  3. Evaluate the role played by dominant leaders of the invading forces and the leaders of the resistance against the invading forces.
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