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Themes in the Long Eighteenth Century

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Julie Gammon
Academic year

Module overview

Beginning with the Restoration and ending with the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars this module will trace key themes in the development of society and culture cross the long eighteenth century. We will consider a key primary source for each topic as a starting point for engaging with a wide range of historiographical debates. Starting with discussions of the constructions of social order and hierarchy and the opportunities for social mobility, we will move on to consider themes including: charity and philanthropy. consumerism, politeness, gender and sexuality. Set in the context of the turbulent developments of the eighteenth century, such as the rise of the industrial revolution, religious changes, the impact of empire and the development of political and legal orders, we will address how people experienced the spaces and ideas that they inhabited and that shaped their behaviours.

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