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Aspects Of The 19th Century World

The course will explore the cultural history of Europe and the Mediterranean world from 1816 to 1913AD, including the revolutions of 1848; the Crimean War; the unification of Germany & Italy; the character of British, French, & German imperialism; scientific developments, including Darwinism, the germ theory of disease, and public health; and related developments in literature and the arts. Drawing on archaeological evidence, literary texts, architecture and the visual arts, the course will look at the complex and shifting relationships between the present and the past in the definition and transformation of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures and identities.
  • Who is it for?

    No prior knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential. If you wish to read before the course the following book is recommended: S. Hannu 2008 Nineteenth Century Europe: A Cultural History.

  • What does it cover?

    The course will chart the rise of Britain, France, Germany, and Russia, as the dominant powers in Europe and the Mediterranean World in the second half of the 19th Century. It will explore the development of colonialism and imperialism, and the emergence of science as an endeavour distinct from 'natural philosophy;' together with related developments in literature and the arts.

    By the end of this course, you should be able to:
    Give an account of the history of Europe and the Mediterranean World between 1816 and 1913 AD.
    Contribute to discussions on aspects of the political, social, and economic history of Britain, France, Russia, and Germany.
    Discuss the key scientific developments in the second half of the 19th Century.
    Use the knowledge gained on the course to identify aspects of 19th Century thought that continue to influence the literature, politics, and philosophy of the modern world.

  • What will it be like?

    Each week there will be an informative talk using PowerPoint and group discussion of aspects of 18th Century history, philosophy, religion, art, and architecture. You will be encouraged to share your thoughts and ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment. Occasionally homework reading will be provided. Although this is not an accredited course leading to a formal qualification, you will be encouraged to complete a self-assessment form in which you can monitor your progress.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    You are also advised to bring note-taking materials to all sessions.

  • What could it lead to?

    You might consider enrolling on other history/history of art/literature/philosophy courses run by the Centre.

Available Courses

Aspects Of The 19th Century World

The course will explore the cultural history of Europe and the Mediterranean world from 1816 to 1913AD, including the revolutions of 1848; the Crimean War; the unification of Germany & Italy; the character of British, French, & German imperialism; scientific developments, including Darwinism, the germ theory of disease, and public health; and related developments in literature and the arts. Drawing on archaeological evidence, literary texts, architecture and the visual arts, the course will look at the complex and shifting relationships between the present and the past in the definition and transformation of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures and identities.

18 January 2023 – 29 March 2023
Wednesday, 10:30 to 13:00
Course Code:451CS
£171 / £60
11 Meetings
42 Queen Square
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The course will explore the literature, art, and material culture of Europe, with reference to six key literary texts: Aristophaness Women in the Thesmophoria, Plautuss The Haunted House, Miguel de Cervantess Don Quixote, Jonathan Swifts Gullivers Travels, Gogols The Nose, Julian Barness A History of the World in 10 Chapters. It will focus on the influence that each of these texts had on those that followed; and on the complex and changing inter-relationships between literature, the visual and performing arts, and material culture in European culture and society.

17 April 2023 – 26 June 2023
Monday, 14:00 to 16:00
Course Code:455
£88 / £31
8 Meetings
42 Queen Square
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26 April 2023 – 28 June 2023
Wednesday, 10:30 to 13:00
Course Code:452CS
£155 / £54
10 Meetings
42 Queen Square
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26 April 2023 – 28 June 2023
Wednesday, 14:30 to 16:30
Course Code:458
£110 / £39
10 Meetings
42 Queen Square
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