Dr Hammer's work focuses on Tudor England and especially high politics, military matters and elite political culture. He is currently completing a book on the political struggle which occurred in the closing years of the reign of Elizabeth I and resulted in the so-called Essex Rising of 8 Feb. 1601 and the subsequent trial and execution of the earl of Essex and several of his associates. This work is characterised by detailed use of an unprecedented range of original manuscript materials.
HIST 1113 - Introduction to British History to 1660
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Deals with Roman, medieval and early modern periods. Covers the demographic, economic, social patterns, political and religious developments, and cultural changes that contributed to the formation of the English nation.
HIST 3020 - Historical Thinking & Writing
Develops the research techniques and habits of mind required to succeed in the History major, honing students' critical, analytical, and synthetic skills while introducing them to History as a discipline and a way of understanding the world. Students practice the kinds of writing required in upper-division History classes. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
HIST 4133 - The Tudors: British History 1485-1603
Deals with the history of England from 1485 to 1603. Examines patterns of daily life, the impact of the Reformation and the Renaissance and the development of Parliament and the monarchy under the Tudor rulers, especially Henry VIII and Elizabeth. Recommended prerequisite: HIST 1011 or HIST 1113.
HIST 4143 - The Making of Great Britain: British History 1603-1714
Covers the history of the British Isles from 1603 to 1714, the era of the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution. Traces economic and social relationships, cultural change and religious and political conflict under the Stuart monarchs. Recommended prerequisite: HIST 1011 or HIST 1012 or HIST 1113 or HIST 1123.