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AHIS 13A00 - History - 19th Century

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The aim of this lecture course is to provide a broad overview of the major political and intellectual developments that structured and transformed Europe in the period often referred to as the long nineteenth century (1789-1914). This is the period that begins with the intellectual transformation of the Enlightenment and the political transformation of the French Revolution of 1789. What came out of this was a period of intellectual and political ferment that saw the rise of revolutionary movements and the birth of nationalism as a major political force. This period also witnessed the massive social and economic change brought about by industrialisation. It came to a catastrophic end with the rise of colonial Empires and the outbreak of the First World War. Jeremy Jennings is Professor of Political Theory and Head of the School of Politics and Economics at King's College London.


JENNINGS, Jeremy (Professor)

Pedagogical format

Session 1 The Enlightenment : One or Many ? Session 2 The French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte Session 3 Romanticism as an Intellectual and Political Movement Session 4 The Industrialisation of Europe Session 5 Rule Britannia ! Britain in the Nineteenth Century Session 6 The Liberal State in France (1815-1848) Session 7 The European Revolutions of 1848 Session 8 The French Second Empire and Third Republic (1851-1914) Session 9 Socialism and the Rise of the Workers' Movement Session 10 From the Nation to the Nation State Session 11 Conservatism and the Extreme Right Session 12 Empire and Imperial Competition to 1914

Course validation

Mid-term Examination - 50 % (of course mark) Final Examination - 50 % (of course mark)

Required reading

  • Christopher Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World (Blackwell : 2004)
  • Robert Gildea, Barricades and Borders, Europe 1800-1914 (OUP : 1987)
  • Eric Hobsbawn, The Age of Revolution 1789-1848 : The Age of Capital 1848-1875 : The Age of Empire 1875-1914 (Abacus : 2009)
  • Brendan Simms, Europe, The Struggle for Supremacy 1453 to the Present (Allen Lane: 2013), pp.106-306
  • Richard Evans, The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914

Additional required reading

Specifically on the history of France, you should consult Robert Gildea, Children of the Revolution : The French 1799-1914 (Allen Lane : 2008