Birth of the Modern Era: Britain and Europe, 1500-1800

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Birth of the Modern Era: Britain and Europe, 1500-1800

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module will introduce students to the political, social and cultural history of Britain
    and Europe at a key period of transition in time from 1500 to 1800, between the end of
    the Middle Ages and the establishment of the modern era. It emphasises the extent of
    the shift between the sixteenth century and the eighteenth century. In political terms
    this period saw many changes.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Monarchy and parliament in Britain, 1500-1800.
    ? The English Civil War.
    ? Absolute monarchy and the old regime in France.
    ? Reformation and changing religious ideas.
    ? The world of the village.
    ? Changing attitudes towards women and the family.
    ? The Rise of the book and the new culture of print.
    ? Beliefs in magic, witchcraft and heresy.
    ? The rise of urban society.
    ? The rise of a bourgeois consumerist society.
    ? Political dissent in the eighteenth century.
    ? The Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution.
    ? Changing attitudes towards sexuality and deviance.
    ? Changing attitudes towards crime and punishment.
    ? The French Revolution, the idea of political rights, and end of the old

    Autumn Semester:
    ? The Nature of Early Modern Europe.
    ? Absolute Monarchy, Politics and Power
    ? The Old Regime Social Elites: Nobility and Bourgeoisie
    ? The World of the Poor: Village and Town
    ? Women, Children and the Family
    ? Popular Beliefs, Culture and Ritual: Magical Belief and Heresy
    ? The Rise of the Witch-hunts: Causes and Interpretations
    ? The Process of the Witch Trials
    ? The English Civil War
    ? England: Republic and Revolution

    Spring Semester:
    ? The Scientific Revolution and the Ideas of the Enlightenment
    ? The Impact of the Enlightenment
    ? Slavery and its Impact
    ? Religion: From Conflict to Toleration
    ? Politics: from absolute monarchy to government by consent
    ? The Culture of Print and the Rise of the Novel
    ? The Age of Revolutions : the American Revolution
    ? 1789: the Year of the French Revolution
    ? The French Revolution: Republic, Terror and War
    ? Britain in the 1790s: Revolution or Reaction ?

    Teaching: Lectures and seminars

    ? 2 hour unseen exam
    STUDY OPTION 2: 2,000 word essay

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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