History: Industry, Progress and Protest

Dr Mark Patton
A: Tuesday 10.30am - 12.30pm / B: Friday 2.30pm - 4.30pm


Who the course is for: The course is for anyone with an interest in the history and culture of Europe and the Mediterranean World in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. There are no prerequisites, and no prior knowledge is assumed.

Key contents: The course will explore aspects of the Industrial Revolution across Europe and the Mediterranean World, and related political developments, such as the decline of the Spanish, Austrian, and Ottoman Empires; the revolutions of 1848; the unification of Germany & Italy; and the development of British, French, & German colonialism. It will look at key ideas of the period, including Romanticism, Nationalism, Liberalism, Socialism, and Anarchism. The emergence of the “Social Problem Novel” will be considered; as will the development of photography and film; and the progress of science, including evolutionary biology, electricity & magnetism, analytical chemistry, and developments in medicine and surgery. The course will include visits to the National Gallery, Tate Britain, and the Museum in Docklands.

How the course is being taught: The course will be taught through lectures (illustrated by PowerPoint Slides, and by readings from relevant primary sources), and class discussions.

Advance preparation: Students might like to read the following texts in advance of, or during the course:

  1. J. Evans 2016 The Pursuit of Power: Europe, 1815-1914.
  2. Knight 2014 Voyaging in Strange Seas: The Great Revolution in Science.
  3. Hannu 2008 Nineteenth Century Europe: A Cultural History.

Autumn Term: The course will explore the social and cultural basis of civilisation in Europe and the Mediterranean world from 1816 to 1913. Beginning with the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, we will explore the crises of the Austro-Hungarian, Spanish, and Ottoman Empires; aspects of the industrial revolution; the emergence of key ideas and philosophies (Utilitarianism, Nationalism, Romanticism, Liberalism, Socialism); and the birth of photography and film.

Spring Term: Beginning with the Revolutions of 1848, we will explore the Crimea War; the Great Exhibition and its legacies; and the unification of Italy and Germany. We will also discuss the Darwinian revolution, and related developments in science and medicine; the Pre-Raphaelite movement; and the Gothic Revival in architecture and art.

Summer Term: The course will explore the social and cultural basis of civilisation in Europe and the Mediterranean world from 1816 to 1913. We will explore the development of the British, French, and German Empires, together with the related issues of immigration and emigration; the explosion of global trade; and the rising tide of militarism that led to the First World War.

A: Autumn Term 15 Sept - 08 Dec 2020 (Half term 27 Oct)
B: Autumn Term 18 Sept - 11 Dec 2020 (Half term 30 Oct)
£160 non-member - 12-week term
£130 member - 12-week term