Revolutionary Europe 1700-1850 - HIST4250

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Ambrogio Caiani checkmark-circle


The first section of the module will focus on the impact of the Enlightenment, and revolutionary approaches to social change, in France and Russia. In the final seminars, the wider impact of revolutionary ideas, including the concept of nationalism, will be explored in a wider European context. Topics covered will include: the Enlightenment; the French revolution; Jacobinism; the Napoleonic Empire; Russia under Peter the Great and Catherine the Great; the Decembrist revolt in Russia; nationalism in Europe; the revolutions of 1848.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 15
Private study hours: 135
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

- Essay 1 (1,500 words) - 40%
- Essay 2 (1,500 words) - 40%
- Oral Presentation - 20%

Reassessment methods:
This module will be reassessed by 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Blanning TCW, (2008) The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815
Doyle, W., (2001) The Origins of the French Revolution
Doyle, W.,(2003) The Oxford History of the French Revolution
Ellis, G., (2003) The Napoleonic Empire
Hampson, N., (1990) The Enlightenment
Hosking, G., (2010) People and Empire
Thomson, D., (1990) Europe Since Napoleon

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and conceptual tools to understand and interpret the emergence of revolutionary ideas, and revolutionary approaches to social transformation, in Europe in the period 1700-1850. Demonstrate knowledge of the key episodes of the history of the period, with particular emphasis on France and Russia, and some of the historiographical debate surrounding the subject.
2. Discuss the issues that are raised in the module, and to present their work in written and oral form. The diverse ways in which revolutionary ideas were received in different European countries, will explored, thereby giving students an enhanced understanding of the diversity of human cultures
3. Use and evaluate relevant primary sources relating to the political, intellectual and cultural history of Europe in the period. Through a diversity of sources, students will be exposed to a variety of outlooks and learn about the importance of using a diversity of sources in their research into the past.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Use intellectual and transferable skills, and certain kinds of understanding. Understand the problems that are inherent in the historical record and the limits within which interpretation is possible
2. Use critical thought and independence of mind, the capacity to marshall subtle and sophisticated arguments, and the ability to challenge to received conclusions, and look at a theme (in this case 'revolution') over a long period of time
3. Demonstrate essay writing and oral presentation skills. Make good use of relevant library resources word processing skills.
4. Use transferable skills in the following four areas: communication, improvement in learning, working with others and problem solving


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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