Since 1901 the British monarchy has gone through more change than in any previous century apart from the reformation. This module aims to explore its transformation from Victoria’s dated and removed court to the modern media savvy institution it is today. The course will explore flashpoints in 20th century monarchy such as the World Wars, the Statute of Westminster and the Abdication Crisis in order to assess their impact on monarchy’s progression. Students shall be asked to search online newspaper databases (such as the Times Digital Archive each week in order to consider the contemporary media reporting of each weeks event). The module shall also address the issue of the popular perception of the declining importance of the monarchy as a political and diplomatic institution by re-addressing its absence in academic writings exploring key events of the 20th century. This is, however, no mere reestablishment of monarchical patriotism as students will also be asked to critically assess as to whether the political presence of the monarchy in certain events was a hindrance rather than a benefit, leading them to draw conclusions on the institution’s continued relevance in the 21st century.
*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years
Dr Matthew Glencross
2 hour seminar
Module assessment - more information
1x5000-word essay (100%)