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Level 4

4AAH1006 Europe from 1793 to 1991

Credit value: 30 credits
Module convenor/tutorDr Chris Manias
Assessment: 1 x 3 hour examination (100%)

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

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

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
  • 4AAH1106 Modern Europe I: Wars, Revolutions and Great Powers 1793 to 1991 - semester 1 
  • 4AAH1206 Modern Europe II: European Society c.1800 to c.2000 - semester 2

Single semester versions of the module, split war and revolutions (semester 1) and society (semester 2), are available to study abroad students only.

Assessment: 4AAH1106 & 4AAH1206: 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 covers the history of Europe from the late eighteenth century through to 1991 – from the French Revolution to the fall of the Soviet Union. Attention will be given to social, cultural, economic and political history, and the way these components have interacted. Lectures and seminars will approach European history from a variety of angles. In chronological terms, the module will highlight key moments in European history (wars, revolutions) that had continent-side repercussions. In geographical terms, it will explore the uses, as well as the limits, of dividing European history into histories of discrete nations and states. In thematic terms, it will look at the formation and evolution of various collective actors—religious communities, classes, sexes, professions, generations—and consider how these groups have shaped and been shaped by historical change.

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.

  • Michael Rapport, Nineteenth-Century Europe (2005)
  • Mark Mazower, Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century (1998)
  • The Penguin Atlas of World History, vol. 2 (2004)


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