Introduction to Modern History, 1500-1800.

Department of History, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 22628

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

This module aims to introduce students to aspects of the early-modern world, including its social, economic, military, political, intellectual, religious and cultural history. The course will cover of the period from around 1500 with the discoveries of the new world and invention of printing, up to the late eighteenth century with the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Though the focus will be primarily European (including the British Isles), the wider world will also be explored (eg interaction with the New World; American Revolution). Students will examine the developments of the period through lectures and directed reading, to gain awareness of key issues involved in the scholarly study of the period.