Making a Maritime Nation: England in the Tudor Age (HIH1036)
How did a small, peripheral nation on the edge of Europe become a leading maritime power? In 1485, England was an inward-looking country, its priorities predominantly domestic and European, but over the next century the people of the British Isles turned to the sea in search of adventure, wealth and power. This module seeks to investigate this transformation by focusing on major developments across the Tudor era, such as exploration, the growth of global trade and early-modern warfare. The course does not assume prior knowledge of the topic, and encourages you to engage with a wide range of sources (including state documents, personal letters, various forms of published writing, paintings, museum objects and archaeological findings) to conduct your own examination into this crucial period of English maritime history.