Nationalism and the Empire: Britain and Germany 1815-1914

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Nationalism and the Empire: Britain and Germany 1815-1914

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prior successful study of introductory history at university level.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course Content:

    This module explores in detail aspects of one of the most interesting, complicated and
    enduring relationships between two states in modern European history. Rivalry between
    Britain and Germany found intense, violent expression in two world wars.

    The century preceding the outbreak of war in 1914, however, was marked not by rivalry
    and suspicion alone (of which there was a good deal), but also by shared interests
    political and diplomatic, social and cultural. What mattered to one of those countries was
    often also of interest to the other.
    Britons and Germans had more in common than might be assumed from their
    relationship in the years since 1914, not least a preoccupation with nationhood and with
    overseas empire. Reflecting this variety and complexity, the module ranges widely within
    and beyond Britain and Germany, also taking in the European and imperial contexts.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Britain and Germany in European and world affairs.
    ? The make-up and nature of the British and the German state.
    ? The nature of British and German politics, economics and diplomacy.
    ? The influence of politics and diplomacy on British and German society.
    ? British and German attitudes to monarchism, militarism, nationalism and
    ? Social and cultural similarities and differences between British and
    German peoples.
    ? Anglo-German cooperation and rivalry within and beyond Europe.
    ? Key figures and events in British, German and Anglo-German affairs.

    AUTUMN SEMESTER: Britain: State, Society, Nation and Empire, with focus on AngloGerman
    relations, 1815-1914.
    ? Britain, Europe and Empire in 1815
    ? State, Society and Overseas Diplomacy, 1815-45
    ? Politics, Policies, Rebellions and War, to 1867
    ? A United Kingdom? Nationhood, Empire and Monarchy
    ? Empire, Identity and Culture in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
    ? Biography and British History, 1815-1914
    ? Empire as Nation: The Idea of ?Greater Britain?
    ? Nation and Empire Endangered: Late Victorian Militarism
    ? Scrambling for Africa (and China)
    ? Edwardian Entanglements
    ? Britain, Europe and Empire in 1914

    SPRING SEMESTER: Germany: the making of a European, imperial and world power and
    relations with the United Kingdom, 1815-1914
    ? The Vienna Congress and the German State System
    ? Nationalism, Liberalism, Economics, and Industry in the Vormärz period
    ? 1848
    ? The Reaction, the Crimean War, and the German States
    ? German Unification
    ? Two Empires: Germany and Austria
    ? German Imperialism, 1871-1914
    ? Anglo-German Entanglements
    ? Imperialism and the Origins of the First World War
    ? Germany, Europe and Empire in 1914

    Teaching: Lectures and seminars

    ? 1500 word essay (40%)
    ? Exam (60%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: 2000 word essay
    STUDY OPTION 3: 2000 word essay

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

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