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MO3318   Revolutions, Nationalism and Reaction: 1848-1849 in the German Lands

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

Contemporaries called it the 'Crazy Year'. After decades of governmental oppression, the revolutions of 1848 threw Germany into an intoxicating period of liberty and change. German society underwent a process of political mobilisation. Peasants, craftsmen, workers, liberals, radicals, nationalists, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, even women and proto-imperialists set about addressing their grievances. In order to establish new rights and institutions they utilised a wide spectrum of political means, ranging from riots to elected constituent assemblies. Their objectives were similarly heterogeneous. Peasants near Magdeburg demanded more pasture for their geese; the deputies of the Frankfurt Parliament tried to create a constitutional nation state. This module will try to draw an analytical portrait of the origins, events and consequences of seventeen dazzling, dramatic, momentous months in German history.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 20%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 80%

Re-assessment: 4,000 - to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof F Muller