The Georgians: Politics, Society, and Culture 1688-1832
Value: half unit
To be confirmed
Teaching:Taught through weekly lectures and weekly follow-up seminars
Best Essay of 2 (30%) and 2-hour Exam (70%)
This course concentrates on Britain between the Glorious Revolution and the French Revolution. It will examine the growth of trade and industry; the concepts of industrial revolution and the birth of a consumer society; the impact of towns and the ‘renaissance’ of provincial urban culture; the progress of politeness; the rise of literacy, print culture, newspapers and novels; the social structure and relations between ‘patricians’ and ‘plebs’ and the emerging ‘middling sort’; crime, the bloody penal code, riot and disorder. Were the British a polite and commercial people, or an ungovernable rabble? Was this an 'Ancien Régime', or the first modern, industrial society? The course embraces politics, culture, and society to offer a vivid picture of one of the most vibrant centuries in British history.