Wednesday, April 28, 2021

James Cook and his third voyage

Here is video chapter twelve, which moves us onto the third expedition. There will be three chapters on this third expedition, followed by chapters which I am at present writing, about science and Cook's journeys.

video chapter 


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

British Prime Minister under pressure

 After it was alleged that he said « No more lockdowns: let the bodies pile high in their thousands. »


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

James Cook - his story after he died

 You will find here an MP3 recording of the live class I gave about what happened to Cook's story after he died: historiography and biography:


Sunday, April 18, 2021

Video: the expeditions of James cook, chapter 10

 Taking us further into the second expedition


Prince Philip died

 You may have heard. French television put out several hours of coverage of his funeral yesterday, with many generalizations about what British people must be feeling.

Naturally, as in all such cases, there is a wide variety of feelings among British people. Among the more iconoclastic is this one, from left-wing comedian Mark Steel


Thursday, April 15, 2021

BBC passages for commentary

 I think my students in Rouen would benefit from looking at this quite varied, short, collection of passages ( some of which you have seen before). If you have questions, send me an email.

Just click here

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Friday, April 09, 2021

James Cook video lectures: chapter 8

 You will find here chapter 8, which takes us up to the end of Cook's first expedition. The two other expeditions, however, will only get three chapters each, and these videos will be followed by more general considerations about Cook, the world that produced him and the world he produced.


Thursday, April 08, 2021

Vous avez dit "décolonial"? 14 avril 17h30-19h

 Deux collègues de l'Université de Lille, Cédric Courtois (LEA / CECILLE EA 4074) et Fiona McCann (LLCE / CECILLE EA 4074) feront une présentation notamment à destination des étudiants sur la thématique suivante : 

"Au-delà des polémiques : qu'est-ce que le post-colonialisme ? Qu'est-ce qu'une approche décoloniale?"

Deux étudiants ayant suivi des cours sur ces thématiques interviendront rapidement. 
Après quoi nous aurons un échange avec les personnes présentes.

Je me permettrai en préambule de rappeler dans quel contexte politique s'inscrivent les polémiques récentes en France, où "post-colonialisme" et "décolonial(isme)" ont souvent été régulièrement entendus. Oliver Esteves

Voici le lien Zoom pour cet événement : https://univ-lille-fr.zoom.us/j/93042790478

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

The miners' strike and elitism

 In our class on the BBC I mentioned a poem which referred to the elite thinking that high culture was  not appropriate for working class people. But I said it might be Auden. In fact the poem is by Sassoon, and here it is :

The Case for the Miners

Something goes wrong with my synthetic brain
When I defend the Strikers and explain
My reasons for not blackguarding the Miners.
" What do you know? " exclaim my fellow-diners
(Peeling their plovers' eggs or lifting glasses
Of mellowed Chateau Rentier from the table),
" What do you know about the working classes?"

I strive to hold my own; but I'm unable
To state the case succinctly. Indistinctly
I mumble about World-Emancipation,
Standards of Living, Nationalization
Of Industry; until they get me tangled
In superficial details; goad me on
To unconvincing vagueness. When we've wrangled
From soup to savoury, my temper's gone.

"Why should a miner earn six pounds a week?
Leisure! They'd only spend it in a bar!
Standard of life! You'll never teach them Greek,
Or make them more contented than they are!"
That's how my port-flushed friends discuss the Strike.
And that's the reason why I shout and splutter.
And that's the reason why I'd almost like
To see them hawking matches in the gutter.

by Siegfried Sassoon

The song: I'm proud of the BBC


Monday, April 05, 2021

The Expeditions of James Cook. Video chapter 7.

 You will find here the seventh chapter in the series. Cook and his crew arrive in New Holland, today known as Australia:


Empires before Cook

You will find here an MP3 recording of my class on the imperial context which preceded Cook's expeditions.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

James Cook , Université de Rouen

 Although of course it will be an oral exam, if any one of you  wants to do, in writing, a practice question ("leçon"), I will happily comment on it. Here is the subject:

Friends and enemies in James Cook's journals and voyages

James cook video chapter six agrégation

 You will find here video chapter six, which covers episodes and questions arising from Cook's  first time in New Zealand.


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