History

History

Enlightenment, Revolution, and Empire (Europe and the Mediterranean World, 1700-1815)

This course is for anyone with an interest in the history and culture of Europe and the Mediterranean World in the Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries. There are no prerequisites, and no prior knowledge is assumed. It will chart the European exploration of the Pacific; and the rise of France, Britain, Prussia, and Russia as the dominant powers in Europe, alongside the decline of the Ottoman and Habsburg Empires. It will look at aspects of the Industrial Revolution; and of “Enlightenment” thinking, including the philosophy of Voltaire, Rousseau, and Immanuel Kant; the writings of J.W. von Goethe, and the rise of Romanticism in literature and art. The development of the novel will be considered, as will the “orchestral revolution,” and related developments in opera. It will conclude with an examination of the European impacts of the American Revolution; the international struggle against slavery; the French Revolution; and the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. The course will include visits to the British Museum, the National Gallery, and the Wallace Collection.

Advance preparation: Students might like to read the following texts in advance of, or during the course: T. Blanning The Pursuit of Glory: Europe, 1648-1815; J. Black: Eighteenth Century Europe; A. Gottlieb The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy; M.C. Jacob The Secular Enlightenment

Time:    A: Tuesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
Time:    B: Fridays 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Dates:   Autumn term 2019: Monday Sept 16th – Friday Dec 13th (Half term Oct 21st – 25th)
               Spring term 2020: Jan 6th – April 3rd (Half term Feb 17th – 21st)
               Summer term 2020: April 27th – May 22nd
Venue: Gosling Room
Fees:    £128 for a 12-week term
              £43 for a 4-week summer term
Tutor:  Dr Mark Patton