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The US and Britain: The Grand Alliance, a Military and Legal History

The US and Britain: The Grand Alliance, a Military and Legal History
The University of Kansas History and Law faculty collaborate to bring you an enriching and insightful program focusing on the cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom during World War II, as well as the culture, history and politics of the English and American legal systems.
Cambridge and London, England; Normandy and Paris, France
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  • Study  the history of the Grand Alliance and British and American legal history in Cambridge, England, home to one of the world's oldest universities.
  • Experience traditional English student life by living and taking classes in Sidney Sussex College, founded in the sixteenth century during the first two weeks of the program.
  • Spend a day at the Crown Court, meeting prosecuting and defense barristers.
  • Live in London in a student flat during the program's third week while experiencing Legal London.
  • Tour key sites of the Normandy Invasion with faculty director Prof. Lewis, author of Omaha Beach: a Flawed Victory.
Program Summary: 

The University of Kansas History and Law faculty collaborate to bring you an enriching and insightful program focusing on the cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom during World War II, as well as the culture, history and politics of the English and American legal systems.

The program begins with two weeks in Cambridge, followed by a week in London, tours of with Normandy Invasion sites, and concludes on the final day in Paris, France.


During the first two weeks students will live and study in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University. While in Cambridge you will be able to meet students from numerous foreign countries, attend concerts, fairs, cultural events, and go punting on the River Cam and enjoy numerous small restaurants and other places of entertainment that cater to students. Students can also easily access events in the surrounding areas of East Anglia, or can travel to London, about one hour away by train.

The city of Cambridge surrounds the majestic buildings of the colleges of Cambridge University, a prestigious and world-renowned university, whose graduates, during an 800-year old history, include John Milton, Isaac Newton, and John Harvard (founder of Harvard University).

Following the two weeks in Cambridge, the program will move on to London, the capital of the United Kingdom. Students will be housed in student flats (apartments) in the general vicinity of the Bloomsbury neighborhood of London. Transportation passes are included in the program fee, which will allow students to easily explore London on their own, in addition to group visits to sites.

For the final week of the program, students will head to Portsmouth, England for a day visit to the various museums in the port area before boarding an overnight ferry to Caen, France. Two days of touring Normandy Invasion sites via private coach will allow the group to get a comprehensive view of the scale and scope of the Normandy Invasion. The program concludes with the final day of the program in Paris, France.


Depart U.S.: July 8, 2017
Arrive Cambridge: July 9, 2017
Cambridge to London: July 21, 2017
Depart London: July 31, 2017
Arrive Caen: August 1, 2017
Arrive Paris: August 3, 2017
Depart Paris to U.S.: August 4, 2017
Academic Information: 

Students will take two 3-credit courses. Both courses complement those taught at KU in the Department of History and the School of Law. Classes are held four hours every morning Monday through Friday, with one three-day weekend. Students will take a final examination in each course.

HIST 390: World War II, the Grand Alliance (3 credit hours)

This course will cover the legal, cultural and military challenges of the Grand Alliance forged between the United States and the United Kingdom to turn back Nazi Germany on the western front of the European theater of World War II.

HIST 390: Law, Politics, and Culture: The Law and Legal Systems in England and America  (3 credit hours)

Students will study and compare the origins, purposes and current controversies of contemporary legal regimes in the United States and Great Britain. The course will introduce students to, and permit them to compare, the current operation of legal systems in each country.


Students are housed in double-occupancy en suite rooms at Sidney Sussex College of Cambridge University for the first two weeks of the program. Daily continental breakfast and dinners Monday through Thursday are provided. Students are responsible for all other meals.

While in London, students will be housed in student flats (apartments) in the vicinity of the Bloomsbury neighborhood.

The overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen will be in quad-occupancy cabins, while the nights in France will be in double- and triple-occupancy hotels.

Life Abroad: 
  • Students will have the opportunity to explore the historic city of Cambridge. There will be three group dinners in restaurants during the course of the program, and eight other dinners will be taken in Sydney Sussex College.
  • Students will take two guided day-long tours of London, including a law firm in the City of London, Inns of Court (inner sanctum of barrister training), Royal Courts of Justice, and Bar Council. Local transportation passes will permit students to easily navigate London on their own during their free time.
  • Students will spend a day in Cambridge at the Crown Court, will meet prosecuting and defense barristers, and see a trial in progress.
  • Students will have a three-day weekend on their own. In previous years, students have visited Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Paris, or traveled through Britain.  

Open to undergraduate students from any accredited U.S. college or university.

Program Faculty: 

David Hill is a PhD candidate and GTA in the Department of History. He earned Bachelors degrees in European history and religious studies (2010), along with a Masters degree in British history (2012) from Missouri State University.  His historical interests are late Victorian/Edwardian social and religious history in Britain. His research focuses upon how religious groups, of all social classes, understood and sought to ameliorate poverty as well as other problematic social issues in late nineteenth century Britain. Hill has taught and assisted in teaching courses in American, British, and continental European history covering wide temporal periods since 2010.

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Professor Elizabeth Cateforis joined the law school in 1999 as a supervising attorney in the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies. Prior to joining the faculty, she was an assistant appellate defender at the Kansas Appellate Defender Office for the five years following her graduation from law school. She received her bachelor's degree from Smith College and her law degree from the University of Kansas.

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