History of England starts at 1700, says university

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Academics have attacked a decision by a top university to scrap research into English history before 1700.

It was claimed that the move by Sussex University risked jeopardising the nation’s understanding of the subject and “entrenching the ignorance of the present”.

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.

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.

“To cut everything but the most modern puts in peril the public function of history, entrenching the arrogance of the present and making a mockery of the claim by the

minister behind these cuts that 'we also wish to keep this country civilised',” said the letter.

The academics, who all trained at Sussex, said that the decision to sever ties with European history before 1900 was a particularly retrograde step....

Positions are being cut at King’s College London, Westminster, Leeds, Sheffield Hallam and Hull, while entire campuses belonging to the universities of Cumbria and Wolverhampton are being shut....

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David Austin Walsh - 2/22/2010

Vera Lynn sang "There'll Always Be an England." Guess she was wrong.

Mike Schoenberg - 2/17/2010

Our former president must of picked up a teaching gig there.

Lisa Kazmier - 2/17/2010

I could see a non UK school doing that but Sussex? Very strange and potentially an attempt to assert that "England" and "Britain" are the same thing. How can there be an England without the Tudors or Shakespeare or even 1649 (I'll assume they slip 1688 in there even with the 1700 assertion or they really are super-freaky)?