University erases all English history before 1700

Published on February 12th, 2010 | by Admin

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In an odd move, Sussex University has decided to scrap teaching English history before 1700.
Under plans, research and in-depth teaching into periods such as the Tudors, the Middle-Ages, Norman Britain, the Viking invasion and the Anglo-Saxons will be scrapped, along with the Civil Wars.
The university will also end research into the history of continental Europe pre-1900, affecting the study of the Napoleonic wars and the Roman Empire.
The university said it was “reshaping” its curriculum and research following a £3m cut in Government funding.
Last week, universities across the country were told their budgets were to be slashed by £449 million next year, including a £215m reduction in teaching funding, with threats of further cuts in the future.
Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, has claimed that institutions can use the opportunity to focus resources on their strongest areas.
But in a letter to The Daily Telegraph, 17 leading historians said the move was short-sighted and risked undermining the public’s understanding of the past.

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In an odd move, Sussex University has decided to scrap teaching English history before 1700.

Under plans, research and in-depth teaching into periods such as the Tudors, the Middle-Ages, Norman Britain, the Viking invasion and the Anglo-Saxons will be scrapped, along with the Civil Wars.

The university will also end research into the history of continental Europe pre-1900, affecting the study of the Napoleonic wars and the Roman Empire.

The university said it was “reshaping” its curriculum and research following a £3m cut in Government funding.

Last week, universities across the country were told their budgets were to be slashed by £449 million next year, including a £215m reduction in teaching funding, with threats of further cuts in the future.

Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, has claimed that institutions can use the opportunity to focus resources on their strongest areas.

But in a letter to The Daily Telegraph, 17 leading historians said the move was short-sighted and risked undermining the public’s understanding of the past.

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3 Responses to University erases all English history before 1700

  1. Krassimir says:

    You took your own history to be that of your colonizers thus blindingly following in their step; it is just you became their ‘gorillas’. It’s all fine showing Tony as George’s pet dog in his lap but if you shall decide to think? Or the Roman Empire’s flashy version of it? Misleading you into British & Roman Empire crap? Instead of focusing on difference and deference?
    How many times will you ruin the economy of the world to know you had done it? And that it is time for you to look back and realize and that objective had been achieved, and that it is high time you made the next step? Use it do not whine.
    These students of mine from Africa and Asia told me the first and second worlds mutually destroy each other
    and then we step in.
    I was in shock I had not thought of it; how about you.

  2. Hels says:

    Isn’t that the most short sighted, infuriating, self defeating, student-cheating decision you have ever heard? What an insanity – Sussex students will come out as graduates without any historical knowledge or skills.

    But I really don’t think it is a purely financial decision. Universities have moved more and more to the modern in every faculty – literature, history, architectural history, music etc etc. In the rush to get bums on seats, all the challenging fields of study have been eliminated. When I did Art History as an undergraduate, one year of Renaissance Studies was mandatory – now art historians need never have heard of Raphael or Michelangelo.

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