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MO4970   Revolutions and Empires (1776 - 1848)

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Available only to students on the second year of the Honours Programme.

Planned timetable: See

In 1700 Europe was a patchwork of different kinds of states from absolute monarchies to free cities. During the eighteenth century the traditional survival strategies of the smaller states began to fail. The dark side of the enlightenment is the story of the decline and disappearance of so many of these small states. The revolutions that began in 1776 and were followed across Europe and beyond can all be seen as rebellions against empire. This module examines these revolutions and their consequences for the empires that they sought to limit or dismantle. The French Revolution, from being a cosmopolitan revolution to put an end to empire, turned into an attempt to create a global republican empire, and the course looks at the consequences of the Revolution for the ideals that sustained it. It goes on to examine the relationship between states after the Napoleonic Wars, and the consequences of the new forces of industrialism, socialism, utilitarianism, liberalism and democracy.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 3-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 66

Guided independent study hours: 534

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2 x 3-hour Written Examinations = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: New Coursework: 1 x source exercise (2,000 - 2,500 words) and 1 x 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: TBC