Enlightenment, Revolution and Terror

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Enlightenment, Revolution and Terror

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Substantial prior successful study of intermediate history at university level.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This research-led module is devoted to a study of two of the most important phenomena
    to bring about the shift between the early modern and the modern world.

    The first of these is the body of transformative ideas about science and the nature of
    human society known as the Enlightenment.

    The second is the French Revolution, which brought down the old regime in Europe and
    laid out the foundations of the modern political world.

    A key part of the module will address the relationship between ideas and revolution. The
    module will also increase the students' depth of knowledge of key issues in ideas,
    including the scientific revolution, the rise of the novel, the role of gender in eighteenthcentury
    politics and society; and shifting attitudes towards race and slavery.

    Autumn Semester:
    ? An Age of Revolution.
    ? The World of the Enlightenment
    ? Revolutionary Ideas: The Republic of Letters
    ? Rousseau and his Readers
    ? Revolution in Print: Do Books Make Revolutions?
    ? Enrichment week: No lecture
    ? Versailles: The World of the Court
    ? The Coming of the French Revolution
    ? English Responses to the French Revolution
    ? Britain in the 1790s: Radicalism and Loyalism
    ? Representations of Revolution

    Spring Semester:
    ? 1789: The Year of Revolution
    ? Consolidating the Revolution: Constitutional Monarchy
    ? The Second Revolution and the Fall of the Monarchy
    ? Universal Rights? Issues of Race and Gender
    ? The First French Republic
    ? Creating a New World
    ? The Terror in the French Revolution
    ? The Terror: Debates and Interpretations
    ? Thermidor: the Fall of Robespierre
    ? Napoleon: Revolutionary or Tyrant?
    ? The French Revolution and its Legacy: Remembering Revolution

    Teaching: Lectures and seminars

    ? 3 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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