Early Modern Europe: Culture, Identity, Encounter 1450 - 1750 - HI6025

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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This module covers fundamental transformations taking place in European society between c. 1450 and 1750. It focuses specifically on the everyday experiences of early modern Europeans, and how these changed as a result of, amongst others, global expansion, encounters with 'others', religious change, urbanisation and a innovation proliferation of new goods. Through looking at how these transformations affected the micro-level of men and women in their daily lives, this module aims to give insight into the ever-changing lives of Europeans before the onset of 'modernisation' in the 19th century. Themes that will be addressed in the lectures and seminars include ethnic and religious diversity, gender, the individual, witchcraft and material culture.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours= 30
Total private study hours = 270
Total study hours = 300

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (3,000 words) - 24%
Essay 2 (3,000 words) - 24%
Presentation (15-minutes) - 6%
Seminar Participation (ongoing) - 6%
Exam (2 hours) - 40%

Indicative reading

J. Amelang, The Flight of Icarus: Artisan Autobiography in Early Modern Europe (1998).
J. M. Bennett and A. M. Froide (eds), Singlewomen in the European past, 1250-1800 (Philadelphia PA, 1999).
S.C. Ogilvie, A Bitter Living: Women, markets, and social capital in early modern Germany (2003).
S. Ozment, Ancestors: The Loving Family in Old Europe (2001).
L. Roper, Oedipus and the Devil: Witchcraft, Sexuality and Religion in Early Modern
Europe (1994).
U. Rublack, Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe (2010).
R. Sarti, Europe at Home - Family and Material Culture 1500- 1800 (2002).
M. Wiesner-Hanks, Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789 (Cambridge, 2006).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

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