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The World Of The 19th Century

The course will explore the cultural history of Europe and the Mediterranean world from 1816 to 1913AD, including aspects of the industrial revolution; new intellectual movements, including utilitarianism, romanticism, nationalism, liberalism, and socialism; 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.

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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: S. Hannu 2008 Nineteenth Century Europe: A Cultural History.

What does this course cover

The course will chart the development of the industrial revolution from 11816 to 1913, including the manufacture of cast iron; the emergence of steam power, and of railways; the invention of the telegraph; and the changing nature of employment. We will explore the emergence of new intellectual and popular movements, and related developments in literature, painting, photography and film.

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 industrial revolution in Britain, France, and Germany.
Discuss the key features of 19th Century romanticism, nationalism, liberalism, socialism, and utilitarianism.
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 you need to buy or do

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

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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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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