Professional Writing and Discussions: The New Jerusalem
DozentIn: M.A., dip. TEFL Robert John Murphy
Zeiten: Di. 14:00 - 16:00 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: With William Blake´s poem Jerusalem in mind, the British Labour Party long sought to create a new promised land in the UK, although less in the religious sense and more in terms of a state free from social inequality, privilege and injustice. The New Jerusalem was to be founded on socialist principles blended with all that was best from the nation`s historical inheritance – a distinctly British paradise. The project began in earnest in the 1940s with considerable success. Led by the socialist prime minister, Clement Attlee, a revolution took place in society during the post-war years indicating that perhaps a new and „modern“ Britain was indeed being created. And yet not everything went to plan. Now that several decades have passed since Britain`s post-war dreams and nightmares have both become realities to some degree, this course seeks to trace the story of Britain´s development since 1940, and to establish the degree to which The New Jerusalem has taken shape.
To provide you with the essential background knowledge for the course, please purchase and read the following title or a similar book before the start of term:
Marr, Andrew. 2008: A History of Modern Britain. Oxford: Macmillan.