21H.342 The Royal Family

As taught in: Fall 2003

A drawing of Buckingham house with well-dressed people on the lawn.

Buckingham House before it became Buckingham Palace, 1809.

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Harriet Ritvo

Course Highlights

Course Description

This course is an an exploration of British culture and politics, focusing on the changing role of the monarchy from the accession of the House of Hanover (later Windsor) in 1714 to the present. The dynasty has encountered a series of crises, in which the personal and the political have been inextricably combined: for example, George III's mental illness; the scandalous behavior of his son, George IV; Victoria's withdrawal from public life after the death of Prince Albert; the abdication of Edward VIII; and the public antagonism sparked by sympathy for Diana, Princess of Wales.