OverviewThe 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
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This module will be taught through one 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour seminar each week, with the exception of Enhancement Week and one week that will be dedicated to coursework feedback.
Method of assessment
This module will be assessed by:
- Essay 1 (2,000 words) - 40%
- Essay 2 (2,000 words) - 40%
- Oral Presentation - 20%
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
The intended subject specific learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:
- 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.
- 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
- 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 of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:
- 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.
- Use critical thought and independence of mind, the capacity to marshal 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.
- Demonstrate essay writing and oral presentation skills. Make good use of relevant library resources word processing skills.
- Use transferable skills in the following four areas: communication, improvement in learning, working with others and problem solving.