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Aspects Of The 18th Century World

The course will explore the development, of human societies in Europe and the Mediterranean world from 1700 to 1815 AD, including the early Romantic movement; the American & French Revolutions; the struggle against slavery; and the Industrial & Scientific Revolutions.. 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.

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Who is this course 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: M.C. Jacob The Secular Enlightenment

What does this course cover

The course will examine the circumstances of the American and French Revolutions; the Napoleonic Wars; the struggle against slavery; and the Industrial & Scientific Revolutions. It will look at the rise of Nationalism, and at the development of the Romantic movement 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 1700 and 1815 AD.
' Contribute to discussions on aspects of the American and French Revolutions, the Napoleonic Wars, and the struggle against slavery.
' Discuss the key features of the Romantic Movement in Germany, France, and the English-speaking world.
' Use the knowledge gained on the course to identify aspects of 18th 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 you need to buy or do

All the materials for the course will be available to you through the course's Moodle page. You are advised to bring along note-taking materials to each session of the course

What this course could lead to

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

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