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4AAH1004 Power, Culture & Belief in Europe 1500-1800

Credit value: 30 credits
Module convenor/tutor: Professor Anne Goldgar
Assessment: 1 x 3 hour examination (100%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: 20 x 1-hour lectures (weekly); 20 x 1-hour seminars (weekly)

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

Single semester version for Study Abroad students
  • 4AAH1104 Early Modern Europe I: Society and Religion 1500 to c. 1700 - semester 1 
  • 4AAH1204 Early Modern Europe II: Culture and Politics c.1600 to 1800 - semester 2

Single semester versions of the module, split between the study of society and religion (semester 1) and culture and politics (semester 2), are available to study abroad students only.

Assessment: 4AAH1104 & 4AAH1204: Coursework (100%), comprising: 2 x 2,500 word essays (50% each).

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

This Group 1 module provides an exploration of some of the chief themes in the history of continental Europe from the beginning of the sixteenth century until the end of the French Revolution. It concentrates chiefly on the structures of society -- demographic, economic, social, political, cultural, and intellectual -- and the way these changed over time through a series of events and major trends. By looking at the period in a structural as well as a chronological way, the module aims to provide students with an understanding of the most important forces acting on the social fabric as a whole and how that leads ultimately to the major changes in society evident from a comparison of Europe in 1500 and 1800. The module is constructed so that students first gain a grounding in the structures shaping society throughout the period and then examine important themes acting upon those structures, in particular belief, the state, and the realm of ideas. Although lectures and classes will stress large themes, they also focus on specific examples and documents in order to clarify the material and the diversity of European society in the period.

Introductory reading list

These books are ‘core textbooks’ for this module, therefore purchasing them rather than borrowing them will be of benefit to you throughout your course.

Beat Kümin, ed., The European World 1500-1800 An Introduction to Early Modern History, (Routledge, 2009)

Euan Cameron, ed., Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History (Oxford University Press, 2001)


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