Saturday, March 28, 2015

Britain since 1945: Thatcher, Blair and the trade unions

You will find here an article in French on trade union laws in Britain under Thatcher, Blair and Brown


Friday, March 27, 2015

The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War by John Mullen

They have started posting reviews of my book, which is out in English in August.

The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War by John Mullen

L1 Britain since the Romans, lecture 2: Invasions

Cliquez ici et puis de nouveau sur le lien pour écouter à nouveau le cours sur les invasions.

John Mullen- Teaching blog: L1 Britain since the Romans, lecture 2

Classroom test marks L2 Thème

Imane D
Imane E

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

L3 British civilization. Research paper instructions 2015

L3 British civilization. Research paper instructions 2015
Reminder then : each L3 student has four marks: the DST you just had, the oral mark from a presentation in class, the final exam in week fourteen, and the “mini-research paper”.
Each student in the “régime général” will choose one of the subjects below  to write a research paper on.
- The research paper must be handed in on paper by the 11th May, in my pigeon hole, and also by email at john.mullen@wanadoo.fr. (formats doc, docx, odt, rtf only).

- The research paper will be 1500 - 1600 words in length, in addition to the bibliography.
- The bibliography must contain at least seven books and five websites. They must be listed according to the normal rules for bibliographies. Although it can be very useful to read articles from wikipedia as background information, these articles may change every day, and therefore cannot be cited in a bibliography or a footnote.
- Websites should be cited with a short description of what they are ("official Conservative party website", "campaign website of influential antiracist campaign", etc.) It should be clear why you have chosen the books and websites you use: the impression should not be given that they were just the first five you came across.

An essential resource is http://scholar.google.fr/schhp?hl=en which allows you to search university articles, some of which are available free online.
Don’t forget the University Library database at http://bibliotheque.u-pec.fr/ This also includes many articles you can download even when you are at home.

- Handwritten work is not allowed. The research paper must be printed, and must use correctly the normal rules of layout for university work (footnotes, italics etc). There will be no spelling mistakes, as students will use automatic spellcheck programmes.
The layout you should use is available here (only the first seventeen pages are important): http://www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Books/StyleGuide/StyleGuideV3_1.pdf

- Extreme care must be used to avoid plagiarism. If you use more than five words together from another source without saying where it comes from, this counts as copying.
- We will not be studying these subjects in any great detail in class. I will however put some links on my Teaching Blog to help you out a little. The address is http://johncmullen.blogspot.com/
- Your research paper must reflect the fact that historians have different opinions. It should avoid simply giving a list of events, but should evaluate their importance.
- The research paper may be illustrated, if the illustrations add something to the argument (the same old pictures of Margaret Thatcher or Harold Wilson are not interesting).

Choose ONE of these subjects
A) The history of religious practice in Britain from 1945 to 2010 is not only a history of decline, but also of diversification.

B) Did Thatcherism end in 1990?

More information for L3 civilization, on oral exercises and oral marks

L3 British civilization : oral exercises and marks
For the next few classes, students will be briefly analyzing documents and videos.  Each pair of students will spedn about 15 minutes presenting their analysis. This will count for the oral mark. Any student who has not already an oral mark, and is not listed below, will do a short exposé at the end of the semester, in my office.
All students are requested to read the documents carefully, and watch the videos, in order to get the most out of what your classmates have to sat.
All videos and texts will be available at Teaching blog : http://johncmullen.blogspot.com

Week 2, video  Coal House at war, episode 8 :
Week 3, video The beginning of the National Health service
Week 4 video  The Suez crisis
Week 5 video Harold Wilson, Labour Prime Minister

02 April Week 9 video The Black experience (episode 3 of the series
Text commentary : « Crossing the Rubicon » speech by Gerry Adams
Text analyzed by Amandine V and Vincent F

16 April week 10 video : The rise and fall of Tony Blair Part One
Video analyzed by Marie D and Marie G
Text commentary : Election in Scotland
Text analyzed by Solenn T and Judith J

23 April week 11 video  Crimes that shook Britain : Stephen Lawrence
Video analyzed by Launy N and Chloé T
Text commentary : The New Statesman on Gordon Brown
Text analyzed by Laetitia G and Romane O

07 May week 12 video BBC Panorama : Britain’s homeless families
Video analyzed by Julie D and Wahlid M
Text commentary : The experts’ view of the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Text analyzed by Elodie E and Leslie –Ann L

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

L3 Civilization: text commentary in class

For the rest of the semester, in each class wto students will analyze a video which you have watched during the week, and two other students will analyze a text whcih you will also have read.
Tomorrow is obviously too soon, so there will ne no students presenting tomorrow. The following week, on the 2nd April, we will look at this video:


On the Black experience in Britain.
Nicola C and Tracy K will analyze it.

We will also look at the passage below, from a speech by Gerry Adams (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Adams ) It will be analyzed by Amandine V and Vincent F.

Friday, March 20, 2015

L2 Thème DST: suggested translation

MLK Memorial NPS photo.jpg

« Martin Luther King was a non-violent revolutionary »
We interviewed Sylvie Laurent, Associate researcher at the University of Harvard and specialist on the United States

Fifty years ago, a series of peaceful marches, led by Martin Luther King, were organized from Selma to the state capital of Alabama, Montgomery. Their purpose was to protest against the restrictions imposed on Black people’s right to vote in the Southern states. On the 7th of March 1965, 600 demonstrators were attacked by police using tear gas and wielding batons : the pictures of this « Bloody Sunday » shocked the whole of America. In August of the same year , Congress voted through the Voting Rights Act which put an end to such discrimination. Martin Luther King had won. Professor Sylvie Laurent, a specialist on the United States who teaches at the Institute of Political Science in Paris has produced a biography of King, (published by Seuil), in which she shows how his personality and his legacy have been watered down as the years have gone by. Her book brings back to us all of his radical nature.

Q : In the USA, the statue of Martin Luther King at his memorial is very pale. Why is this ?

A : It is indeed quite ironic to see that the memorial is in white granite, and so is a pinkish white. This monument was only inaugurated in 2011, by Barack Obama. The watering down of the pastor’s message began straight after he was murdered, on the 4th April 1968. After having been so widely denounced, he suddenly appeared to be a martyr for America, and was set up as an icon of reconciliation. His murder set off a national consensus, and everything radical or subversive about him was conveniently forgotten.

Institut des mondes anglophone, germanique et roman - CIMMA - Constructions Identitaires et Mobilisations dans le Monde Anglophone

Le programme de notre séminaire de recherche.

Institut des mondes anglophone, germanique et roman - CIMMA - Constructions Identitaires et Mobilisations dans le Monde Anglophone

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Elections in Britain

In only a few weeks, there will be a general election in Britain. This series of short videos shows news from some of the previous elections i the UK, since the Second World War.

Labour wins Election - YouTube

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Britain since 1945: from Callaghan to Thatcher

You will find here the lecture from this week's class, covering the end of the 1970s and an introduction to Thatcherism

From Callaghan to Thatcher

Key words: British history, podcast, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, 1970s, Thatcherism, welfare state

150 ans de musique populaire britannique: les années 1980

Vous trouverez ici le cours de cette semaine.

Les années 1980

Notez bien la suite du semestre

18 mars septième cours
25 mars pas de cours
1er avril huitième cours
8 avril pas de cours

15 avril Examen.

Britain since the Romans. Chapter 6, The Twentieth century

You will find here the recording of the last in this series of lectures.

The twentieth century in Britain 

ke words : podcast, British history, 20th century,

Thursday, March 12, 2015

L1 panorama de la civilisation britannique: groupe de M Mullen

Changement de salle:

Aujourd'hui, exceptionnellement, le cours de M Mullen à 10h30 aura lieu dans Amphi 8.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Why did the industrial revolution start in Britain?

This short BBC documentary looks at the question of why the industrial revolution began in Britain.

Click here

L1 Britain since the Romans: Industrial revolution and empire

You will find here a recording of  lecture number five, on the Industrial Revolution and the Empire.

L3 civilisation britannique : Britain since 1945, the seventies

You will find here a recording of the 5th class, on the 1970s in Britain: the end of the economic boom, the strikes of 1972 and 1974, and the governments of edward heath and Harold Wilson.

Click here

Key words: podcast, British history, Edward Heath, Harold Wilson, 1970s.

Can hipsters save the world? | UK news | The Guardian

Can hipsters save the world? | UK news | The Guardian

La musique populaire britannique des années 1970

Vous trouverez ici l'enregistrement de la première partie du cinquième cours dans l'option "150 ans de musique populaire britannique" qui présente la société et la musique populaire des année 1970. Le glam, le metal, et le rock progressif notamment.

Cliquez ici.

Et ici la deuxième partie qui présente le punk rock britannique.

Cliquez ici

Key words: podcast, musique britannique, années 1970, glam rock, rock paillettes, rock progressif, punk rock.

Et voici quelques exemples sur youtube.

Slade : Cum on feel the noize

Wizzard : I wish it could be Christmas every day 

Black Sabbath: paranoid

Stiff Little Fingers: Nobody's hero

Monday, March 02, 2015

L1 Britain since the Romans lecture 4: The Reformation and the Civil War

The fourth lecture in the series of six dealt with the Reformation and the civil war.

You will find a recording here

Keywords: British history, podcast, reformation, English civil war, Oliver Cromwell, 39 articles, common prayer book, Putney.

On Youtube, there is a very interesting documentary about Oliver Cromwell, who became head of state after the execution of the King. You can find it here.

Master's research seminar week four: Commemoration in Britain in 2014

The fourth session of the seminar began to look at the question of how British people commemorated, in 2014, the centenary of the First War. You will find a recording of the first part here

and of the second part here 

The next session will be devoted to presentations by the students.

keywords: podcast, British history, First world war, commemoraton, war memory, university lecture

BBC News - Manifesto watch: Where parties stand on key issues

The general election in Britain is only a few weeks away. What are the policies and opinions of the main parties: see the BBC summary here :

BBC News - Manifesto watch: Where parties stand on key issues

Sunday, March 01, 2015

UK general elections

Only a few weeks until the general elections in the UK. The press suspect that the present Conservative/Liberal coalition will be replaced by a Labour majority. See here: