This module will provide a survey of the major events, themes and historiographical debates in early modern history from the religious wars of the first half of the seventeenth century to the dawn of modernity in the second half of the eighteenth century. This period in European history witnessed the development of a system of nation states in Europe, the rise of Absolutism, the development of new European powers in Eastern and Central Europe, an expansion of European influence in the Americas and Asia (leading to a greater commercialisation of European society), as well as the fundamental shifts in European intellectual culture associated with the Scientific Revolution, overseas expansion and the Enlightenment.
This module appears in the following module collections.
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 (1500 words) - 20%
- Essay 2 (1500 words) - 20%
- Seminar Participation - 10%
- Exam (2 hours) - 50%
M.S. Anderson. (1988) War and Society in Europe of the Old Regime 1618-1789. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press
E. Cameron (ed.). (1999) Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History. Oxford: OUP
J.H. Elliot (2006) Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830. New Haven: Yale University Press.
S.G. Ellis. (2007) The Making of the British Isles: the State of Britain and Ireland 1450-1660. London: Routledge
B. Kümin (ed.). (2009) The European World 1500-1800: An Introduction to Early Modern History. London: Routledge
R. Houlbrooke. (2011) Britain and Europe 1500-1780. London: Bloomsbury Academic
M.E. Weisener-Hanks. (2006) Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789. Cambridge: CUP
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Understand the political, social and cultural developments in the history of early modern Europe and its relationship to the wider world between c.1600 and 1750.
- Understand evaluate, contextualise and communicate effectively their knowledge of early modern history.
- Demonstrate their intellectual interest in the history of early modern Europe and their skills in researching historical subjects and in communicating their knowledge and ideas, both orally and in writing.
- Understand the essential elements of the disciplines of political, social, economic and cultural history.
The intended generic learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Consider and demonstrate their understanding of critically relevant intellectual concepts as well as differences of opinion and interpretation both in the past and among historians.
- Demonstrate their problem solving skills and ability to work independently.
- Engage in group work in seminars, interacting effectively with others and working cooperatively on group tasks.
- Communicate complex concepts effectively both orally and through written work.
- Demonstrate their communication skills and to skills in IT.
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