Reformation Rebellion and Revolution: The Making of the Modern World 1500-1800

Module 22820

School of History and Cultures

This module aims to introduce you to all aspects of the early-modern world, including its social, economic, military, political, intellectual, religious and cultural history. The module 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). You will examine the above developments through analysis of a broad range of relevant primary and secondary sources; material such as contemporary letters, diaries, treatises, woodcuts, music and material culture will be given particular emphasis as a means of giving you first-hand experience ofthe key issues involved in the scholarly study of the early-modern period.

The module will be taught through small group teaching and lectures every week


20 credits

Contact time

3 hours per week (inc. one small group)


2,500 word essay (33%); 2 hr exam (67%)

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