Early Modern London

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Early Modern London

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    British Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

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

    This course examines the history of London on the cusp of the modern age. Between 1550 and 1700 its high mortality rates, huge population growth, complex government, thriving underworld and evolving marketplaces created a city unique in Europe. The Fire required a huge programme of rebuilding, and p. lague continued to devastate whole neighbourhoods. Leisure and a public sphere were invented. Street signs and street lights appeared in the City. Housing spread far beyond the old city walls creating new suburbs and industrial areas. Print culture exploded, alongside playhouses. New consumer goods set the fashion across the country. Houses were rebuilt and rearranged. A plebeian class of servants appeared, many of them women from the provinces: London's sex ration was 60:40 in favour of women. We will look, too, at crime and disorder, poverty, material culture, social space and housing, and the environment.
    We will read recent secondary material and contemporary primary sources, from Pepys?s diary to the records of the Old Bailey, and trace some of the city?s remains in the modern environment. Students interested in urban life, social history, Shakespeare should enjoy this module. Wide reading outside the set texts, especially in contemporary drama, visits to museums, and walking are encouraged!

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